BACOLOD CITY – Typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri) maintains strength as it enters PAR through Bicol Region, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
This developed as 10 cities and nine towns in Negros Occidental are placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind signal number 1.
These are the cities of Bacolod, Bago, Cadiz City, Escalante, La Carlota, San Carlos, Sagay, Silay, Talisay, and Victorias City, as well as the towns of Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Manapla, Murcia, Pulupandan, Salvador Benedicto, San Enrique, Toboso, and Valladolid.
Signal number 2, meanwhile, is declared over Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar.
Bicol region is expected to have continuous to intense rains while occasional to frequent heavy rains over Samar provinces, and Biliran. Moderate to occasional heavy rains are expected over Romblon, Marinduque, and Quezon while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Cagayan Valley.
Residents in these areas, especially those living in flood-prone locations, are advised to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm or Rainfall Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
Possible storm surges of more than three meters are expected in areas like Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur and up to three meters over Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay, Quezon, and Sorsogon.
The sea and coastal waters are dangerous to small seacrafts, and PAGASA advises that “special attention should be given to the latest position, the direction and speed of movement and the intensity of the storm as it may intensify and move towards the locality”.
The general public especially people travelling by sea and air are cautioned to avoid unnecessary risks.
Outdoor activities of children should be postponed, while properties should be secured.
The public is advised to prepare flashlights, batteries, matches, kerosene lamps, or candles and charcoal in anticipation of power failure, first aid kit and store ready to eat foods.
Cell phones should be fully charged while household items elevated in case of flooding.