‘Tisoy’ barrels across S. Luzon
Stormy weather today in Metro Manila, Calabarzon
Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name “Kammuri”) is expected to unleash its force Tuesday evening when it traverses Southern Luzon en route to the West Philippine Sea.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said Tisoy is still poised to make landfall in Catanduanes, Albay, or Sorsogon in the Bicol region between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
By Tuesday, stormy weather is also expected over Calabarzon and Mimaropa, as well as Metro Manila and Central Luzon, as Tisoy crosses the landmass of Southern Luzon.
The typhoon was located at 235 kilometers (km) east-southeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 250 km east of Juban, Sorsogon before Monday noon, moving generally west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).
It has slightly re-intensified with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 185 kph on Monday, from maximum winds of 140 kph and gusts up to 170 kph last Sunday.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, tropical cyclone wind signal No. 3 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, southern part of Camarines Norte (Daet, San Vicente, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, Mercedes), and Burias Islands.
Signal No. 2
Signal No. 2 was raised over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, western portion of Nueva Ecija (Pantabangan, Rizal, General Mamerto Natividad, Cabanatuan, Santa Rosa, Jaen, San Antonio, Bongabon, Laur, Gabaldon, General Tinio, Palayan, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, Penaranda), southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan), Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon including Polillo Island, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, rest of Camarines Norte, Masbate including Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.
Signal No. 1
Areas under Signal No. 1 were southern Isabela (Palanan, Dinapigue, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Benito, Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Alicia, Angadanan, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, Cordon, Santiago City, Jones, San Agustin), Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Quirino, rest of Aurora, rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Calamian Islands,
Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, northern portion of Negros Occidental (Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Escalante City, La Carlota City, Manapla, Murcia, Pulupandan, Sagay City, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso, Valladolid, and Victorias City),
Northern Cebu (Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon and Asturias), metro Cebu (Balamban, Toledo City, Pinamungahan, Aloguinsan, Naga City, Talisay City, Cordova, Minglanilla, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cebu City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Danao City), Leyte, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao Island.
Ordinario said frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will affect Bicol Region, Northern Samar, southern Quezon, and Marinduque starting Monday afternoon.
Occasional heavy rains will preCarloyd vail over Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Samar, Eastern Samar, and the rest of Calabarzon, while intermittent heavy rains are expected in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela and the rest of Eastern Visayas.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will affect Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon.
Intermittent to occasional heavy rains will prevail over Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Pangasinan, Aklan, Capiz, and northern Antique.
PAGASA Weather Division chief Esperanza Cayanan advised the public to brace for possible landslides in mountainous regions or flooding in low-lying areas due to the generally heavy rains brought by typhoon Tisoy.
Storm surges are also possible in coastal communities. Storm surge height could reach more than three meters in the coastal areas of Camarines Sur (Mercedes and Mandao), Camarines Sur (Cabusao, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Sipocot), and Catanduanes (Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Viga, Panganiban, Gigmoto); and from 1 to 3 meters over the coastal communities of Quezon, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur and Catanduanes, and Samar.
PAGASA Administrator Dr. Vicente Malano said typhoon Tisoy may slightly weaken after its landfall over Bicol Region but may retain its typhoon strength until its exit from the landmass around Tuesday evening.
Tisoy could still have 135-kph maximum winds when it traverses the landmass of Southern Luzon, Malano said. PAGASA may raise Signal No. 3 over more areas, including Metro Manila as Tisoy makes it way towards the West Philippine Sea, he added.
Likely out by Thursday
Cayanan said rains may persist until Wednesday, even if Tisoy has already left the landmass. The typhoon will likely move outside the country's area of responsibility by Thursday.
Some 17,193 families or 69,251 individuals living in high-risk areas in Bicol Region (Region 5) and Eastern Visayas (Region 8) have been evacuated as a preventive measure ahead of typhoon Tisoy's landfall.
Office of Civil Defense Bicol (OCD-5) Regional Director Claudio Yucot said the bulk of evacuees come from the region where Tisoy is expected to make a landfall in between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Yucot said 17,185 families or 69,217 individuals have been sent to temporary shelters in six provinces.
In Albay, 10,328 families (41,108 individuals) were safely evacuated by the village officials. Some 1,514 families (5,471 individuals) were forced to flee from their homes in Camarines Norte while 3,645 families (14,717 individuals) left their houses in Camarines Sur.
In Catanduanes, 1,061 families (5,172 individuals) have been evacuated; 59 families (222 persons) in Masbate; and 578 families (2,527) in Sorsogon.
A separate information from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said eight families or 34 individuals were also evacuated in Eastern Visayas as of 8 a.m. Monday.
The evacuees were from Babatngon, Leyte (one family, three individuals) and Catarman, Northern Samar (seven families, 31 individuals).
NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said the Council maintained its "blue" alert status to closely mornitor the effects of Tisoy upon its landfall. That means that half of the members of the NDRRMC were placed on standby for any emergency.
AFP alerts SoLCom
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has alerted its Southern Luzon Command (SoLCom) and various Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) units for any eventuality.
"The Southern Luzon Command's (SoLCom's) disaster response task units from the 9th Infantry Division and the 2nd Infantry Division as well as those from its respective Air Force and Naval components attached to it (SolCom) are now on standby alert to effect or render assistance in possible preemptive evacuations and to adopt other contingency measures," said Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, on Sunday night.
Coast Guard cancels sea trips
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has cancelled all scheduled sea trips in affected areas as Typhoon Tisoy is expected to hit Bicol region.
"We are on heightened alert. We also suspended all maritime activities to include recreational activities in all areas where public storm warning signal is raised," Captain Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson said on Monday.
A total of 5,327 passengers were reported stranded in port terminals in Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas as of 6 a.m.
The operations of 1,030 rolling cargoes, 51 motorbancas, and 45 vessels were also temporarily suspended, while 125 vessels and 19 motorbancas are taking shelter due to the weather condition.
According to Balilo, all scheduled trips were also cancelled in Matnog Sorsogon since Sunday.
The government has placed concerned disaster response agencies on “standby 24/7” as typhoon “Tisoy” moved to dump heavy rains in some parts of the country.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government is monitoring the track of the typhoon and appealed for public vigilance.
“The Office of the President is closely monitoring the areas likely to be hit by Typhoon /Tisoy/,” he said in a statement.
As of December 2, Monday, Philippine Airlines had cancelled 26 domestic flights, Cebu Pacific, 48 domestic flights, and Philippine Air Asia, 19 domestic flights.
More information on the complete list of cancelled flights are in the website and social media pages of the airline companies. (With reports from Martin Sadongdong, Betheena Kae Unite, Ariel Fernandez, Genalyn Kabiling, Chito Chavez)
‘TISOY’S’ FURY – Strong winds and rain drench Samar province yesterday to near-zero visibility as Samar was placed under cyclone Signal No 2 among 42 other areas. Inset, this handout photo made available by Greenpeace Philippines shows residents of Legazpi City already inside an evacuation center prepared for the onslaught of Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: ‘Kammuri’) which is expected to make landfall in the Bicol region from early morning to late night on Tuesday, Dec. 3. (Gladys Castillo Vidal via Reuters/ EPE-EPA)