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Much of Luzon, Visayas with signal nos. as Typhoon Tisoy approaches

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MANILA, Philippines – Much of Luzon and the Visayas are now under tropical cyclone wind signals as Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) continues to move toward Bicol while maintaining its strength and speed.

In a briefing past 11 pm on Sunday, December 1, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tisoy is already 500 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

It continues to move west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).

The typhoon still has 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 either in Catanduanes or Albay, which are both provinces in Bicol, between Monday evening, December 2, and early Tuesday morning, December 3.

As Tisoy approaches, the list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals also grows. Below is the latest list.

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

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

PAGASA also released a new rainfall outlook. It now includes the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley.

Between Sunday night, December 1, and Monday afternoon, December 2

Between Monday afternoon, December 2, and Tuesday noontime, December 3

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

PAGASA again urged residents to be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides, and to heed authorities' warnings.

Ahead of Tisoy's landfall, thousands of people have fled their homes. Albay, one of the potential landfall areas, ordered mandatory evacuation for those living in high-risk zones prone to lahar, landslides, floods, and storm surges.

PAGASA warned that there could be a "life-threatening" storm surge with a height of up to 3 meters in storm surge-prone areas of Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Samar.

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

Classes were suspended in many areas for Monday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 2, 2019)

Tisoy also looms as the Philippines hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, with the venues of the regional meet in the typhoon's path.

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

Forecast track of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 1, 2019, 11 pm. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 1, 2019, 11 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 a Central Desk editor for 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.

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