In the beginning of the month, supertyphoon Rolly enterred the Philippines, carrying winds of up to 225 kilometers per hour. It first made landfall in Catanduanes. It battered the Bicol region, destroying homes, power lines, and roads. Rolly also triggered mud slides from Mayon, which greatly affected the towns surrounding the volcano.
Soon after, typhoon Ulysses hit land in Luzon on November 11. It caused massive floods all over the country, including Metro Manila. The power went out in several households, but for many, it was much worse. Residents in Marikina and Rizal fled to their rooftops and waited to be rescued. Cavite and Cagayan have been placed under state of calamity.
As of writing, the death toll for Ulysses is at 73.
On November 18, PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo that one more storm may enter the country before the month ends.
After back-to-back tropical cyclones, the Philippines is expected to be storm-free this week, though light rains may occur. PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja advised residents in Cagayan and Isabela to watch out for possible landslides and flooding.
Stay safe, everyone.