The Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges

@eileenleyva (20286)
Philippines
November 12, 2020 3:15pm CST
The tail of the typhoon Ulysses reached Alaska. That's across the Pacific Ocean. That typhoon smashed deadly hard on my Island of Luzon, wreaking havoc, almost crashing every limb and fiber of my people, if not for the formidable barrier the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges provided us. I dwell at the ankle of that mountain ranges, the length spanning from Cagayan to Quezon Provinces. On some fresh mornings after the rain, I call the scenic beauty 'My Blue Mountains.' Oh, I love the Sierra Madre very much, went on marches and bivouac in my youth. The hiking trails were exciting, the waterfalls and running streams refreshing. Tagged along with my two girls during their girl scout training, just to be at the heart of the mountains again. I have known the Sierra Madre as my home but yesterday, that literally became my shelter from the storm. Typhoon Ulysses lashed without mercy. It was fast, It was furious. But when it hit Sierra Madre, it coiled! Bam! Otherwise, we would all have been dead by now. Picture courtesy of Nomadic Experiences @ google
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@rsa101 (29853)
• Philippines
14 Nov
I believe that is the mountain range that somehow protects Metro Manila and form being hit by strong storms. The past 4 storms that hit Luzon, only Typhoon Ulysses was able to slip through Manila with lots of rains and winds that brought them down.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
Actually, typhoon Rolly was the strongest of the four succeeding storms. Ulysses though swirled when it hit the Sierra Madre, and added more water to the already saturated earth. The dams were at break point, thus the spilling that caused the deluge.
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@rsa101 (29853)
• Philippines
18 Nov
@eileenleyva What happened with ulysses was it stayed longer on the seas that is why it carried more water. It didn’t landfall directly in our place(Bicol) like what typhoon Rolly did. The speed of the storm was quite sliw that is why it stayed longer in one place making it quite destructive. Rolly had strong wind gusts but it also was fast moving from one place to another.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
@rsa101 Which tells us that each storm has its own characteristic. I was fuming when netizens were saying what a fail of a forecast Rolly was because it did not even feel threatening. When Ulysses came, the netizens belittled the advice. Sigh.
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@LadyDuck (311642)
• Switzerland
13 Nov
The mountains are all the time a great barrier to protect us for major nature disaster. I am glad you were protected. This photo shows how this place is beautiful.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
Yes, the Sierra Madre is formidable mountain range that protects us from the terrible typhoons from the Pacific. Scenic to behold after a rainfall when the mountains turn literally blue. There is a portion where the local folks planted so many flowers that when tourists pass by, they quip 'Are we in Europe?'
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@LadyDuck (311642)
• Switzerland
18 Nov
@eileenleyva We have the Alps that protect us from the chilly winds from the north and the snow.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
@LadyDuck The Alps is the most beautiful, the most scenic.
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@Nevena83 (55448)
• Serbia
12 Nov
Oh, that sounds scary.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
The howling was scary enough, and when the news came of people cowering on light umbrellas, on rooftops, against the downpour and the mighty winds, that was heart wrenching.
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@Nevena83 (55448)
• Serbia
13 Nov
@eileenleyva Oh, that's so sad.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
@Nevena83 The sun came out today. The floods have quickly subsided. The affected families have been given first aid and food supplies. Thank you very much for your concern and prayers.
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@rakski (69540)
• Philippines
12 Nov
I think most typhoon that goes through Sierra Madre weakens after their path crossed that area.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
Not necessarily. Depends on many factors like velocity. This one was massive. Smashed the Sierra Madre and twirled.
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@rakski (69540)
• Philippines
13 Nov
@eileenleyva really? I did not watch the news so I really have no idea. I took a nap yesterday as I was able to sleep for 2 hours only while the typhoon was here
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
@rakski Hi, Sleeping Beauty, dreaming when the storm is lashing. Wish I could have that restful slumber, too, but nay, there was too much to look for, as my daughter was checking if the people who called for help has been rescued. The rescuers needed validation, so they could move on to the next. Sigh, the north has received its share of flooding also. Our infrastructures badly needs mitigation. The government and the responsible departments need tongue-lashing.
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@sophie09 (31974)
• Indonesia
12 Nov
typhoon is really scary, hope you guys are alright
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
I was slightly affected but my countrymen were devastated. Thanks for the concern.
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@sophie09 (31974)
• Indonesia
13 Nov
@eileenleyva my pleasure, keep us updated about it
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@TheHorse (117677)
• Walnut Creek, California
18 Nov
Where ARE your Sierra Madre Mountains? I think we have some here too.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
I reside near the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
@moonandstars (46392)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
13 Nov
i am glad you're okay.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
18 Nov
Thank you.
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@Merliva (2249)
• San Marino
13 Nov
Oh my sounds horrible and I hope you're okay
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
I am all right. Thank you. Went out to make an assessment of the neighborhood, some trees had been uprooted but the local government is quick to assist in the pulling out of debris.
@prinzcy (7988)
• Malaysia
13 Nov
It's a blessing then. The place protects you well.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
My haven.
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@Junbals (971)
• Philippines
12 Nov
Yesterday i saw in Facebook newsfeed three other typhoons heading in the direction of the Philippines. May God bless us.
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@eileenleyva (20286)
• Philippines
13 Nov
God spare us!
@CarolDM (102631)
• United States
12 Nov
Sounds like an adventure for sure. Those typhoons can be dangerous.