Typhoon Tisoy weakens as it heads to West Philippine Sea


Posted at Dec 04 2019 12:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 04 2019 06:04 AM


MANILA — Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) weakened further as it moves towards the West Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday night.

The powerful typhoon, which made its fourth landfall over Naujan town, Oriental Mindoro at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, is now packing maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 150 kph.

It previously hit land in San Pascual town on Burias island in Marinduque early Tuesday, and in Torrijos town in the same province at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

Tisoy first made landfall over Gubat town, Sorsogon late Monday.

The country's 20th storm this year is moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph), PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. weather bulletin.

Tisoy was last spotted 180 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

It 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 465 kms west of Subic, Zambales Wednesday night to leave the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm.

Tisoy is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said.

Light to moderate with occasional heavy rains are expected over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora and Quezon on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains, with intermittent heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms are expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Central Luzon and CALABARZON.

Sea travel remains risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seabords of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, and Visayas, and the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

Track of Typhoon Tisoy. PAGASA

Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 3 remains hoisted in northern Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Looc, Lubang, Mamburao and Paluan), including Lubang Island, where wind speeds of 121 to 170 kph may be experienced within 18 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 2, where wind speeds of 61 to 120 kph may be experienced within 24 hours, was hoisted over the following areas:

  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Batangas
  • rest of Occidental Mindoro
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • southern Bulacan (Balagtas, Bocaue, Bulacan, Calumpit, Guiguinto, Hagonoy, Malolos City, Marilao, Meycauayan City, Obando, Paombong, Plaridel, Pulilan)
  • southern Pampanga (Floridablanca, Lubao, Macabebe, Masantol, Sasmuan)
  • southern Zambales (Castillejos, Olongapo City, San Antonio, San Felipe, San Marcelino, San Narciso, Subic) - Calamian Islands (Coron, Busuanga, Culion, Linapacan) - western portion of Quezon (Dolores, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, San Antonio)

Signal No. 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours, is raised over the following: 

  • southern Nueva Ecija (Cabanatuan City, Cabiao, Gabaldon, Gapan City, General Tinio, Jaen, Laur, Palayan City, Peñaranda, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Santa Rosa, Aliaga, Licab, Zaragoza)
  • northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, municipalities in Cuyo Islands)
  • Tarlac
  • northern and central portions of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Perez, Alabat, Quezon)
  • western Romblon (Concepcion, Banton, Corcuera, San Jose and municipalities in Tablas Island)
  • Marinduque
  • rest of Zambales
  • rest of Pampanga
  • rest of Bulacan
  • northwestern Antique (Caluya)

Two people were killed as Tisoy tore through Luzon, shutting the capital's main airport, displacing thousands and causing blackouts.

A man fell while clearing his backyard while the second fatality was hit by the collapsed kitchen roof, Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito Dolor told ANC.

Tisoy, the Philippines' strongest typhoon so far this year, prompted the cancellation of flights, government work and classes in several areas.