'Tisoy' makes landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon

TYPHOON Tisoy (Kammuri) has further intensified and made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon, said the state weather bureau Monday night, December 2.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the typhoon's eyewall is currently bringing violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall over Northern Samar, Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.

Camarines Norte and Masbate will be affected by the eyewall in the next two to three hours, it added.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, December 2, Tisoy was still packing maximum winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 240 km/h. It is moving west at 15 km/h and will be located 105 kilometers northwest of Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro by Wednesday morning, December 3, said Pagasa.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 3 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Romblon, and southern portion of Quezon (Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Pagbilao, Lucena, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Pitogo, Gumaca, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Calauag, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Francisco, San Andres), Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna, Northern Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar (Can-avid, Dolores, Maslog, Oras, Arteche, Jipapad, San Policarpio), and northern portion of Samar (Catbalogan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, San Jose de Buan, San Jorge, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Matuguinao, Calbayog, Tagapul-an, Almagro, Sto. Niño).

TCWS Number 2 was raised over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan), Rizal, rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands (Cuyo, Magsaysay, Agutaya), Zambales, and Pangasinan, the rest of Eastern Samar, rest of Samar, Biliran, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, northern portion of Negros Occidental (Talisay, Calatrava, Silay, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias, Manapla, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, Toboso, Bacolod, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos, Bago, Pulupandan, Valladolid, La Carlota, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Castellana, Moises Padilla), Northern Cebu (Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Carmen Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Asturias, and Camotes Islands), and Leyte

The areas under TCWS Number 1 are: 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 and San Agustin), Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Quirino, rest of Aurora, northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, San Vicente, Roxas), the rest of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Siquijor, rest of Cebu, and Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands and Siargao Island.

Pagasa said the typhoon will bring frequent to continuous heavy to intense (with isolated torrential) rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon between Monday night and Tuesday noon.

Occasional to frequent heavy rains will be experienced in Samar, Eastern Samar, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Laguna, and Oriental Mindoro, and intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, Occidental Mindoro, rest of Calabarzon, Aurora, rest of Eastern Visayas, and the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela.

Between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, Pagasa said frequent to continuous heavy to intense (with isolated torrential) rains will prevail over Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Romblon, and occasional to frequent heavy rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Calamian Islands.

Intermittent heavy rains will be experienced over Aklan, Capiz, and northern Antique, it added.

The weather bureau advised residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

It also said that storm surge of more than three meters may affect several coastal areas in Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, and up to three meters over several coastal areas in Batangas, Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro.

"Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboards of northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Palawan, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions which may be perilous for maritime activities, especially for those using small seacrafts," it said.

It added that gusty conditions may also be experienced in areas in northern Luzon that are not under any TCWS (especially in the coastal and mountainous zones) due to the Northeast Monsoon. (LMY/SunStar Philippines)