MANILA - Typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri) is forecast to gradually weaken as it made several landfalls in southern Luzon on Tuesday, the state weather bureau said.
The powerful typhoon slightly weakened as it hit land in San Pascual, Burias Island early Tuesday, and in Torrijos, Marinduque at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. It first made landfall over Gubat, Sorsogon late Monday.
The country's 20th storm is now heading to the Mindoro provinces, where it is set to hit land, moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph), PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said.
Tisoy is expected to pass south of Metro Manila, home to some 13 million people and hosting thousands of athletes competing at the 30th Southeast Asian Games, and reach 615 kms west of Subic, Zambales on Thursday morning to leave the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm.
As of 10 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was last seen 55 kms east of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum winds of 150 kph and gusts of up to 205 kph.
Frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will hit Romblon, Marinduque, Mindoro provinces, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan between Tuesday morning and late afternoon.
Bicol region and the rest of Central Luzon will experience occasional to frequent heavy rains while Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and the northern portions of Negros provinces will get intermittent heavy rains, PAGASA said.
Storm surges of up to 3 meters may hit coastal areas in Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Cavite, the agency warned.
Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over the following areas:
• Signal number 3, where wind speeds of 121 to 170 kph may be experienced within 18 hours:
- Burias Islands
- southern portion of Quezon
- Oriental Mindoro
- Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
• Signal number 2, where wind speeds of 61 to 120 kph may be experienced within 24 hours.
- Metro Manila
- Camarines Sur
- Camarines Norte
- Nueva Ecija
- southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
- rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands
- Masbate including Ticao Islands
- western portion of Northern Samar (Lavezares, Allen, Biri, Rosario, Victoria, San Jose, San Isidro, Bobon, Catarman, Lope de Vega)
- northwestern portion of Samar (Calbayog, Tagapul-am, Almagro, Sto. Niño) Aklan, Capiz, and Northern Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao)
• Signal number 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours:
- Southern Isabela
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- rest of Aurora
- northern portion of Palawan
- rest of Antique
The typhoon prompted the cancellation of flights, government work and classes in several areas.