MANILA (UPDATE) — A typhoon churning closer to the venues of the Southeast Asian Games in Luzon will follow the same track as storms Glenda and Reming which left scores dead several years ago, the state weather bureau said Friday.
Typhoon Kammuri was 1,470 kilometers east of southern Luzon at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour and 170 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
The storm will be named Tisoy when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday or Sunday, said PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario. The 30th edition of the biennial games will be opened formally on Saturday.
From Tuesday, the storm will bring strong winds and rains to Southern and Central Luzon and Metro Manila, which are all home to SEA Games venues, he said.
The typhoon could hit land in Bicol Region, Quezon and Aurora provinces, where residents in coastal areas should prepare for big waves, said Ordinario.
Kammuri has "almost the same track" as typhoon Glenda, which in July 2014 left 106 dead, 1,250 injured and P38.6 worth of damage, said PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez.
Kammuri will also hit the same areas where Typhoon Reming in December 2006 left 734 dead and injured 2,360. Reming was packing 190 kph top sustained winds and 225 kph gusts when it made landfall, Perez said.
To prepare for the approaching storm, authorities should check which areas were hit by landslides and floods during Glenda and Reming's onslaughts, he suggested.
Kammuri is unlikely to strengthen into a super typhoon because of the amihan or cool winds from the northeast, said Ordinario. Storms use warm and moist air as fuel, PAGASA earlier said.
At its strongest, Kammuri's maximum sustained winds can reach 150 kph, said Ordinario. A super typhoon packs top sustained winds above 220kph, according to PAGASA.
Kammuri is strong enough to uproot trees, destroy houses made of light materials, and burst the Pampanga River, PAGASA Deputy Administrator for Operations Landrico Dalida said Thursday.
The storm can also knock down power lines and spawn landslides and floods in areas on its path, PAGASA Weather Services Chief Esperanza Cayanan also warned.
PAGASA could star raising tropical cyclone wind signals in Bicol and eastern Visayas from Sunday, said Perez.
The weather agency deployed several teams to give "real-time" updates to organizers of the SEA Games, said Dalida.
The decision to suspend the games due to bad weather will be up to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, the private entity that led preparations for the nearly 2-week competition, said Cayanan.
The country's hosting of the regional event was earlier criticized for troubles in the transport and lodging of athletes, inadequate meals, unfinished game venues, and the accreditation of foreign press, among others.