Over 30 areas under Signal Nos. 1, 2 due to Typhoon Tisoy

Acor Arceo
Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) is still heading for Bicol. Metro Manila, meanwhile, is now among the areas under Signal No. 1 as of 5 pm on Sunday, December 1.

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Satellite image of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 1, 2019, 5 pm. Image from NOAA

MANILA, Philippines – Even more areas were placed under tropical cyclone wind signals due to the powerful Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) on Sunday afternoon, December 1, including the capital region of Metro Manila.

In a press briefing past 5 pm on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tisoy is already 595 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

It is now moving west at a slightly slower 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 25 km/h.

The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Tisoy is expected to make landfall in Bicol between Monday evening, December 2, and early Tuesday morning, December 3.

Here is the latest list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals, mostly in Luzon and the Visayas but with a couple in Mindanao:

Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 km/h to 120 km/h)

  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)

  • Aurora
  • eastern part of Nueva Ecija (Cabanatuan City, Cabiao, Gabaldon, Gapan City, General Mamerto Natividad, General Tinio, Jaen, Laur, Pantabangan, Peñaranda, Rizal, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Santa Rosa)
  • Rizal
  • Bulacan
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Metro Manila
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Quezon including Polillo Island
  • Camarines Norte
  • Masbate including Burias Island and Ticao Island
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • northern part 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, Victorias City)
  • northern and Metro Cebu
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Siargao Island

Tisoy will also bring rain starting Monday, with Bicol to be most affected. Below is PAGASA’s latest rainfall outlook:

Monday afternoon, December 2, until Tuesday morning, December 3

  • Continuous heavy to intense rain
    • Bicol
  • Occasional to frequent heavy rain
    • Eastern Samar
    • Northern Samar
    • Samar
    • Biliran
  • Moderate to occasional heavy rain
    • Romblon
    • Marinduque
    • Quezon
  • Light to moderate rain with intermittent heavy rain
    • Cagayan Valley

Tuesday morning, December 3, until Wednesday morning, December 4

  • Frequent to continuous heavy rain
    • Metro Manila
    • Bicol
    • Calabarzon
    • Central Luzon
    • Occidental Mindoro
    • Oriental Mindoro
    • Marinduque
    • Romblon
  • Light to moderate rain with occasional heavy rain
    • rest of Luzon
    • Aklan
    • Capiz
    • northern part of Antique

PAGASA warned that the rain could trigger flash floods and landslides in areas in the typhoon’s path. These include areas where events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games are set, particularly Metro Manila, Zambales, and Pampanga.

Ahead of Tisoy’s landfall, thousands of people have fled their homes.

Classes have also been suspended in some areas for Monday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 2, 2019)

For coastal communities, PAGASA warned there could be storm surges more than 3 meters high in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur; and up to 3 meters high in Camarines Norte, Albay, Quezon, and Sorsogon.

Travel is also risky, especially for small vessels, in the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2, the seaboards of Northern Luzon and Central Luzon, the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Based on its latest forecast track, Tisoy is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday afternoon, December 5.

Forecast track of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 1, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

Tisoy is the Philippines’ 20th tropical cyclone for 2019. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually. In the earlier part of the year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones had been projected since 2019 is an El Niño year.

For the month of December, PAGASA had been expecting 0 to 1 tropical cyclone.

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters, handles the business desk, and ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections.