Strong Winds and Heavy Rain Batter the Philippines as Typhoon Vamco Approaches

Tropical Storm Vamco, known locally as Ulysses, strengthened into a typhoon on November 11, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the Philippines while tracking towards the nation’s capital of Manila.

The weather bureau of the Philippines warned of “destructive typhoon-force winds” and “heavy to intense” rainfall in the areas most significantly affected by the storm. Sustained winds of up to 125 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 155 kilometres per hour were recorded at around 10 am local time.

PAGASA also warned of storm surge of up to three metres in the coastal areas of the Quezon region. Typhoon Vamco was expected to pass through Quezon overnight on November 11.

These videos show the storm affecting the Camarines Norte region, where trees were toppled and power was cut to some residents, according to local reports. Credit: Dale Rivera via Storyful