By Hannah A. Papasin and Julius D. Mariveles
BACOLOD CITY – Provincial disaster chief Zeaphard Caelian called for vigilance towards Typhoon Tisoy even as the local weather bureau PAGASA has lowered the typhoon signal in 10, cities and 12 towns here in Negros Occidental.
The cities of Talisay, Silay, Victorias, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, Bacolod, San Carlos, Bago, and La Carlota, as well as the towns of Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Toboso, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan, Manapla, Valladolid, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla are now under signal number 1.
Tisoy made landfall over Marinduque at around 8:30 this morning.
Dr. Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, told DNX people should beware still of the possible strong winds and heavy rains Typhoon Tisoy could bring.
“Officially it is not out of the country yet,” Caelian said.
In other areas previously covered Storm Signal No. 2, disaster officials reported less disastrous weather conditions.
DNX checked Silay and Talisay cities this noontime and found clear, sunny skies there.
“Nothing significant happened since last night except for moderate rains that lasted for about half an hour this morning,” John Paul Gallego, operations head of the Talisay disaster office told DNX.
In Bacolod City, executive assistant Joemarie Vargas, reported no storm-related incidents while in Himamaylan City in the south, executive assistant to the mayor Carlos Benares Jr. said he was “quite happy that nothing happened.”
Between morning and late afternoon today, frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains can be felt over Romblon, Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan. Occasional to frequent heavy rains over Bicol Region and the rest of Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, intermittent heavy rains are felt over Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and the northern portions of Negros Provinces.
Residents are still advised to be wary and alert especially those in flood-prone areas.