‘Tisoy’ slams into Bi­col, thou­sands evac­u­ated

The Manila Times - - Front Page - FRANZ LEWIN EMBUDO, CATHER­INE S. VA­LENTE, DEMPSEY REYES, RAFFY AYENG

TYPHOON “Tisoy” ( in­ter­na­tional name: “Kam­muri”) was ex­pected to slam into Bi­col today, December 3, and cross Lu­zon, pack­ing pow­er­ful winds and threat­en­ing to bring heavy rains to a wide swathe of the coun­try.

The Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pagasa) forecast the typhoon to make land­fall in Al­bay or Catan­d­u­anes.

Thou­sands have been evac­u­ated in Bi­col ahead of the on­slaught of Tisoy, which hit as the coun­try was host­ing the 30th South­east Asian Games.

Scores of trav­el­ers were stranded at ports as sea travel was sus­pended, and classes have also been sus­pended in the af­fected ar­eas.

On Mon­day af­ter­noon, Pagasa tracked Tisoy at 195 kilo­me­ters east of Juban, Sor­so­gon. It was mov­ing west at 20 kilo­me­ters per hour (kph).

It had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of up to 150 kph, gust­ing to 185 kph.

Storm sig­nals were raised over a wide area of Lu­zon and the Visayas.

Sig­nal 3 was up in Catan­d­u­anes, Ca­marines Sur, Al­bay, Sor­so­gon, the south­ern por­tion of Ca­marines Norte (Daet, San Vin­cente, San Loren­zon Ruiz, Ba­sud and Mercedes), Mas­bate in­clud­ing Ti­cao and Burias Is­lands, Romblon, the south­ern por­tion of Que­zon (Mu­lanay, San Nar­ciso, San Fran­cisco and San An­dres), North­ern Samar, the north­ern por­tion of East­ern Samar (Can-avid, Dolores, Maslog, Oras, Arteche, Ji­pa­pad and San Poli­car­pio), and the north­ern por­tion of Samar ( Cat­balo­gan, Ji­abong, Mo­tiong, Paranas, San Jose de Buan, San Jorge, Pagsang­han, Tarang­nan, Sta. Mar­garita, Gan­dara, Matuguinao, Cal­bayog, Ta­ga­pul-an,

Al­ma­gro and Sto. Niño).

Sig­nal 2 was raised in Metro Manila, Bu­la­can, Bataan, Tar­lac, Pam­panga, Nueva Ecija, south­ern Aurora (Di­pac­u­lao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis and Din­galan), Cavite, Batan­gas, La­guna, Rizal, the rest of Que­zon in­clud­ing Po­lillo Is­lands, Ori­en­tal Min­doro, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro, Marinduque, the rest of Ca­marines Norte, Calamian Is­lands, the south­ern por­tion of Zam­bales (San Marcelino, San An­to­nio, Castille­jos, Su­bic and Olon­gapo), the rest of East­ern Samar and Samar, Bili­ran, Ak­lan, Capiz, the north­ern por­tion of An­tique (Valder­rama, Bu­ga­song, Laua-an, Bar­baza, Tib­iao, Cu­lasi, Se­baste and Pan­dan Lib­er­tad), the north­ern por­tion of

Iloilo ( Ja­ni­uay, Ba­di­an­gan, Po­totan, Baro­tac Nuevo, Ani­lao, Din­gle, Dueñas, Lam­bunao, Calinog, Passi, San En­rique, Banate, Baro­tac Viejo, San Rafael, Bin­gawan, Le­mery, Ajuy, Sara, Con­cep­cion, San Dion­i­sio, Batad, Es­tan­cia, Balasan and Car­les), the north­ern por­tion of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal (Tal­isay, Cala­trava, Si­lay, En­rique B. Ma­ga­lona, Vic­to­rias, Manapla, Cadiz, Sa­gay, Es­calante and To­boso), North­ern Cebu (Daan­ban­tayan, Ban­tayan, Madride­jos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remi­gio, Tabo­gon, Tabue­lan, Tubu­ran, Carmen Bor­bon, So­god, Cat­mon, As­turias and Camotes Is­lands) and the north­ern por­tion of Leyte (Bay­bay, Ma­hap­lag, Abuyog, Javier, Macarthur, May­orga, La Paz, Du­lag, Al­buera, ba­rauen, Julita, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tabontabon, Dagami, Pas­trana, Palo, Sta. Fe, Tacloban, Alan­galang, Jaro, Ba­bat­ngon, San Miguel,

Barugo, Tunga, Cari­gara, Capoocan, Leyte, Calu­bian, San Isidro, Ta­bango, Vil­l­aba, Kananga, Matag-ob, Palom­pon, Is­abel, Merida and Or­moc).

Sig­nal 1 is up in South­ern Is­abela (Palanan, Di­napique, 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 and San Agustin), Moun­tain Prov­ince, Ifu­gao, Benguet, Nueva Viz­caya, Ilo­cos Sur, La Union, Pan­gasi­nan, Quirino, the rest of Aurora, Zam­bales, An­tique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, 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), the rest Leyte, South­ern Leyte, Di­na­gat Is­lands and Siar­gao Is­land.

Gov­ern­ment dis­as­ter re­sponse agen­cies were stand­ing by, ac­cord­ing to Palace spokesman Sal­vador Panelo.

Panelo said the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil Oper­a­tion Cen­ter was on “blue alert” in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Tisoy’s on­slaught.

The Depart­ment of So­cial Welfare and De­vel­op­ment has prepo­si­tioned stock­piles of re­lief goods, he added.

Nearly 60,000 res­i­dents in Bi­col have evac­u­ated from their homes, based on (OCD) in Bi­col.

The OCD said 16,910 per­sons were in Al­bay, 5,985 in Ca­marines Norte, 26,278 in Ca­marines Sur, 5,172 in Catan­d­u­anes, 222 in Mas­bate and 2,527 in Sor­so­gon.

PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

BIG MEN­ACE Weather fore­caster Ray­mond Or­di­nario points to the eye of typhoon ‘ Tisoy,’ which gained strength hours it was to hit land.

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