UPDATED: Parts of Metro Manila Experience Power Outage Due to Typhoon Ulysses

But it's nothing compared to damages to the rest of Luzon.

PHOTO BY Facebook/Meralco

(SPOT.ph) It was a rough night for most residents of the Southern Tagalog Region and Metro Manila as typhoon Ulysses made its first landfall in the islets of Quezon off the coast of mainland Luzon at November 11, 10:30 p.m. Electricity was out for most parts of both regions as strong winds damaged utility poles and cables.

Some of the affected areas according to Meralco's posts are barangays Baclaran, Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, San Dionisio, San Antonio, San Isidro, Sto. Niño, and Sun Valley in Parañaque City; and barangays Culiat, New Era, Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora, and Matandang Balara in Quezon City. Outside Metro Manila, power outage was also experienced in Lucban, Quezon; and Ternate, Cavite. Power outage was also reported in Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Caloocan—almost all parts of Metro Manila.

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Posts on Twitter showed a wider blackout as people continue to try to get the attention of @Meralco online. As of 5 a.m., up to 56% of their customer base have been affected.

A resident in Makati City accidentally captured on video what seems to be an explosion of a utility pole. 

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Strong winds, on the other hand, toppled over utility poles in Taguig City.

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Lampposts along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City are switching on and off.

Live wires have been spotted in Laguna.

Meralco is already on full alert and working to restore power in these areas as soon as possible. It's important to note that they can't do it all at once, especially with the dangers of the ongoing typhoon.  

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In most parts of Bicol Region, especially the whole island of Catanduanes, power has been out since the onslaught of super typhoon Rolly. Not to mention ravaged homes and casualties. And a whole night of blackout is nothing compared to that.

PHOTO BY Meralco (virtual press conference at 12 p.m.)

UPDATE (November 12, 12:30 p.m.): In a virtual presser by Meralco, spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said that they've reduced the count of the number of customers without power from 3.8 million at 5 a.m. to 2.5 million at 10 a.m. The most number of affected customers is in Metro Manila. They can't say yet when power will be completely restored as flooded communities continue to pose a challenge for them. "We will not restore power in areas that we deem dangerous, both on the part of our line personnel and our customers," Zaldarriaga added.

PHOTO Courtesy of Meralco
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UPDATE (November 12, 2:30 p.m.): As of 12 p.m., November 12, Meralco spokesperson said that around 1.9 million of its customers are without electricity.

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