‘Tisoy’ bar­rels across S. Lu­zon

Stormy weather today in Metro Manila, Cal­abar­zon

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By ELLALYN DE VERA-RUIZ

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.

Evac­u­a­tion

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.

‘Stanbdby 24/7’

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.

Can­celled flights

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)

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