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Typhoon Tisoy slightly weakens, now over Burias Island

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MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) slightly weakened as it continued to cross landmass before dawn on Tuesday, December 3, but it is still expected to dump more rain in parts of Luzon and the Visayas.

In a bulletin issued past 5 am on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tisoy is already in the vicinity of the municipality of San Pascual in Burias Island, which is in the province of Masbate.

It is again moving at a slightly faster 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) from its speed of 15 km/h when it hit land.

Tisoy had made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon, at 11 pm on Monday, December 2. Tropical cyclones commonly weaken while crossing land, though in Tisoy's case, it remains strong nevertheless since it is still a typhoon.

Tisoy now has maximum winds of 155 km/h from 175 km/h at the time of its landfall, and gustiness of up to 235 km/h from 240 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

PAGASA said Tisoy's eyewall is currently bringing violent winds and intense rainfall to Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and Masbate. It will also affect the southern part of Quezon, Romblon, and Marinduque in the next 3 hours.

Tisoy's eyewall first hit Northern Samar on Monday afternoon.

The World Meteorological Organization defines the eyewall as "an organized band or ring of cumulonimbus clouds that surround the eye" of a tropical cyclone.

Below is the newest list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals. Areas in Mindanao – Dinagat Islands and Siargao Island – are no longer included.

Signal No. 3 (winds of 121 km/h to 170 km/h)

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 added that there may be gusty conditions in areas in Northern Luzon that are not under any tropical cyclone wind signal, due to the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.

Tuesday is also the day when the peak of rain from Tisoy is expected. Here's the latest on the projected rainfall:

Between early Tuesday morning and late afternoon, December 3

Between late Tuesday afternoon, December 3, and early Wednesday morning, December 4

Residents should stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: Typhoon Kammuri track may be like Glenda in 2014, Reming in 2006)

Storm surges are also possible in certain coastal areas of these provinces:

2 to 3 meters high (6.6 to 9.8 feet)

1 to 2 meters high (3.3 to 6.6 feet)

Travel remains risky, especially for small vessels, in the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Palawan, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. (READ: PH Coast Guard suspends maritime activities due to Typhoon Tisoy)

Numerous domestic and international flights to and from the Philippines have also been canceled due to Tisoy. In Metro Manila, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday.

Classes for Tuesday are suspended in many areas. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, December 3, 2019)

The typhoon also prompted schedule adjustments to be made for some events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting until December 11. Some events were moved to an earlier time, while others were postponed.

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

Forecast track of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 3, 2019, 5 am. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) as of December 3, 2019, 5 am.

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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