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Typhoon Tisoy weakens after Sorsogon landfall but still ‘powerful’

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MANILA—Typhoon Tisoy slightly weakened early Tuesday after hitting land over Sorsogon province but it was still “powerful,” state weather agency PAGASA said.

The eye of the typhoon was last seen over Burias Island, Masbate province as of 4 a.m., the agency said.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 235 kph.

“Hindi po puwedeng maging kampante ang ating mga kababayan dahil malakas pa rin at mapaminsala si bagyong Tisoy. Konti lang ‘yong ibinawas ng strength niya but still it is a powerful typhoon,” said PAGASA weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz.

PAGASA said Tisoy’s eyewall, considered the most damaging part of the typhoon, was bringing violent winds and intense rains over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Masbate.

The eyewall was forecast to affect Southern Quezon, Romblon, and Marinduque in the next 3 hours.

Frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will lash Bicol Region, Romblon, Marinduque, Mindoro provinces, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan between Tuesday morning and late afternoon.

The rest of Central Luzon will experience occasional to frequent heavy rains while Samar provinces, Biliran, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras and the northern portions of Negros provinces and Cebu will get intermittent heavy rains, PAGASA said.

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, frequent to continuous heavy rains will lash Mindoro provinces, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Rizal and northern Quezon, including Polillo Islands.

Occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Marinduque, Romblon and the rest of Calabarzon while Bicol Region and Calamian Islands will have intermittent heavy rains.

Storm surges of up to 3 meters (10 feet) may hit coastal areas in Batangas, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Ticao and Burias Islands, and the southern coast of southern Quezon.

Coastal areas in Camarines Norte, northern coast of southern Quezon, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales may also experience storm surges of up to 2 meters (6 feet).

PAGASA

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:

– Catanduanes
– Camarines Sur
– Albay
– Sorsogon
– Camarines Norte
– Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
– Romblon
– southern portion of Quezon (Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Pagbilao, Lucena, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Pitogo, Gumaca, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Calauag, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Francisco, San Andres)
– Marinduque
– Oriental Mindoro
– Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
– Batangas
– Cavite
– Laguna

• Signal number 2, where wind speeds of 61 to 120 kph may be experienced within 24 hours.

– Metro Manila
– Bulacan
– Bataan
– Tarlac
– Pampanga
– Nueva Ecija
– southern Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
– Rizal
– rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands
– Calamian Islands (Coron, Busuanga, Culion, Linapacan)
– Cuyo Islands (Cuyo, Magsaysay, Agutaya)
– Zambales
– Pangasinan
– Northern Samar
– Eastern Samar
– Samar
– Biliran
– Aklan
– Capiz
– Antique
– Iloilo
– Guimaras
– northern portion of Negros Occidental (Talisay, Calatrava, Silay, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias, Manapla, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, Toboso, Bacolod, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos, Bago, Pulupandan, Valladolid, La Carlota, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Castellana, Moises Padilla)
– northern Cebu (Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Carmen Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Asturias, and Camotes Islands)
– Leyte

• Signal number 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours:

– 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
– Quirino
– rest of Aurora
– northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, San Vicente, Roxas)
– rest of Negros Occidental
– Negros Oriental
– Bohol
– Siquijor
– rest of Cebu
– Southern Leyte

The typhoon had also prompted the cancellation of airline flights and classes in several areas.

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