MANILA Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) accelerated and maintained its strength while heading towards the Bicol Peninsula.
In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tisoy' was last seen 235 kilometers east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 250 kilometers east of Juban, Sorsogon.
Tisoy packs maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is moving west at 25 kph.
PAGASA expects Tisoy to make landfall over Catanduanes, Albay, or Sorsogon, between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 is raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, the southern portion of Camarines Norte (Daet, San Vincente, San Lorenzon Ruiz, Basud, Mercedes), and Burias Islands.
TCWS No. 2 is raised over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, eastern portion of Nueva Ecija ( Pantabangan, Rizal, General Mamerto Natividad, Cabanatuan, Santa Rosa, Jaen, San Antonio, Bongabon, Laur, Gabaldon, General Tinio, Palayan, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, PeAaranda) southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan), Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon including Polillo Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, rest of Camarines Norte, and Masbate including Ticao Island.
Meanwhile, southern Isabela (Palanan, Dinapigue, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Alicia, Angadanan, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, Cordon, Santiago City, Jones and San Agustin), Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Quirino, rest of Aurora, rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, and Calamian Islands, southern Isabela (Palanan, Dinapigue, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Alicia, Angadanan, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, Cordon, Santiago City, Jones and San Agustin), Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Quirino, rest of Aurora, rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales are currently under TCWS No. 1.
Signal No. 1 is also in effect over Calamian Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, northern portion of Negros Occidental (Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Escalante City, La Carlota City, Manapla, Murcia, Pulupandan, Sagay City, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso, Valladolid, Victorias City), northern Cebu (Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Asturias, and Camotes Islands), Metro Cebu (Balamban, Toledo City, Pinamungahan, Aloguinsan, Naga City, Talisay City, Cordova, Minglanilla, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cebu City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, and Danao City), Leyte, and Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao Island.
PAGASA forecasts Tisoy to bring occasionally heavy rains over Bicol Region, Samar provinces and Biliran, intermittent heavy rains over northern Cebu, northern Negros Island, Dinagat Islands, Siargao Island, and the rest of Eastern Visayas until Monday afternoon.
Frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains over Bicol Region, northern Samar, southern Quezon, and Marinduque, and occasional heavy rains over Romblon, Mindoro provinces, Samar, Eastern Samar and the rest of Calabarzon, will prevail from Monday afternoon to Tuesday noon.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboards of northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Palawan, central seaboards of Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.
Gusty conditions may also be experienced in areas in Northern Luzon that are not under any TCWS (especially in the coastal and mountainous zones) due to the northeast monsoon.
Maintaining its speed and direction, Tisoy is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency