Typhoon Vongfong (local name Ambo) made its first landfall at 12.15 p.m. (local time) on 14 May over the town of San Policarpo in Eastern Samar province with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 km/h and gustiness of up to 190 km/h. It made further landfalls in Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar; Capul Island, Northern Samar; Ticao Island, Masbate; Burias Island, Masbate; and San Andres, Quezon. It continued northward towards Quezon province and mainland Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 125 km/h and gustiness of up to 165 km/h.
Practically the entire country remains under lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could complicate emergency response efforts if the typhoon has a severe impact. While areas along the typhoon’s path are not considered coronavirus hotspots, guidelines have been issued by Government to ensure minimum health standards are maintained, particularly in evacuation centres.
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