Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ cuts power in parts of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Power supply was temporarily cut off in parts of Oriental Mindoro and Romblon provinces as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) pummeled these areas on Tuesday.

Local disaster officials reported that Tisoy’s violent winds and heavy rains swayed electric posts and uprooted many trees which obstructed some roads going to the city proper Calapan.

Local authorities said swollen rivers that are in danger of spilling over are also being monitored as the typhoon continues to dump rains in Oriental Mindoro.

In Occidental Mindoro, more than 500 families are currently staying in temporary shelters after they fled their homes ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

These residents were evacuated from the towns of Mamburao, Abra de Ilog, Sta. Cruz, Sablayan, Magsaysay, Lubang, Paloan, and Rizal which were heavily battered by the storm.

Violent winds also swept through Romblon, toppling trees and damaging power facilities which prompted power cuts in the province.

Tisoy’s heavy rains also drenched Infanta town in Quezon province and prompted more than 8,000 residents to flee their homes in coastal areas in Batangas.

The evacuees are taking shelter in 55 evacuation centers opened in the province.

“Since kagabi o kahapon ay nagtuloy-tuloy ang ating preemptive evacuation. Ipinakita ng ating mga counterparts yung dedikasyon ating objective na ang ating mga kababayang Batangueño ay maiiwas dun sa maaaring sakunang mangyari,” Joselito Castro of Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.

Tisoy also pounded and caused flooding in parts of Laguna, particularly in Kalayaan and other portions of the province’s Fourth District.

The power supply was temporarily out, and more than 1,000 individuals were evacuated.

Local officials said a relief operation will be conducted on Wednesday to areas affected by the typhoon.

As of this writing, winds and rains experienced in the said areas have weakened after Tisoy made another landfall around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday over Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 2 p.m. severe weather bulletin that Tisoy has further weakened as it traverses the northern portion of Mindoro provinces.

It was last spotted in the vicinity of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are still up in a number of areas.

Tisoy is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning. — RRD (with reports from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

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