TWELVE provinces were placed under signal No. 3 yesterday, hours before the expected landfall of typhoon “Tisoy” which was forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains to many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and the Visayas.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said Tisoy was forecast to make landfall in the Albay-Sorsogon area between Monday night and early Tuesday morning and is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday.
“The southern eyewall of typhoon Tisoy is now bringing intense rainfall and violent winds over Northern Samar. The eyewall will also hit Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, and Camarines Sur in the next three hours,” PAGASA said in a weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m. yesterday.
Heavy to intense rains are expected in the Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila regions and the province of Mindoro today, it also said.
In the bulletin, PAGASA said Tisoy slightly gained strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 190 kph. It was moving west at 15 kph.
As of 4 p.m., Tisoy was some 155 km east of Juban, Sorsogon. It was forecast to be in the area of Naujan in Oriental Mindoro this afternoon.
Under signal No. 3 were Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Romblon, southern portion of Quezon, Marinduque, Northern Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar, and northern portion of Samar.
Under Signal No. 2 were Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Calamian Islands, Zambales, rest of Eastern Samar, rest of Samar, Biliran, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, northern portion of Negros Occidental, northern Cebu, northern portion of Leyte, and Guimaras.
Under signal No. 1 were southern Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Quirino, rest of Aurora, rest of Negros Occidental, Metro Cebu, rest of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao Island.
Classes in all levels in both public and private schools are suspended today in the cities of Caloocan, Manila, Las Piñas, Marikina, Valenzuela, Pasay, Mandaluyong and Parañaque, and the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Masbate, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, Sorsogon, Cavite, and Dingalan in Aurora.
In the Bicol Region, nearly 60,000 residents in flood- and landslide-prone areas have been preemptively evacuated.
Claudio Yucot, director of the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol Region, said the evacuated 14,824 families or 57,094 persons from Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon are being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
Yucot also said 2,645 passengers, 542 rolling cargoes, 19 vessels and two motorized bancas have been stranded in various ports in the region as officials suspended sea travel.
He also said 34 flights have been cancelled due to the weather disturbance, and classes in all levels in the entire region have been suspended.
Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said disaster officials are aiming for “zero casualty” and “we can attain that with preemptive evacuation.”
Weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said some areas in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas were experiencing rains as of yesterday morning.
“Between tonight and early morning today, we expect it to make a landfall either in the Sorsogon, Albay. and Catanduanes area. That’s the three areas where the typhoon will possibly make landfall,” he said earlier yesterday.
PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano said Tisoy is expected to slightly weaken after it makes landfall but will retain the strength of a typhoon.
PAGASA Weather Division chief Esperanza Cayanan said Tisoy can be compared to typhoon “Glenda” in July 2014.
Glenda left 106 people dead, displaced nearly three million people, and left P38.6 billion in damage to infrastructure and agriculture.
“Typhoon Tisoy is similar to Glenda in 2014. It (Glenda) passed south of Metro Manila.
Glenda had a strength of 150 kph and its track is similar with Tisoy,” said Cayanan.
Cayanan said Metro Manila will feel the brunt of Tisoy today. “The whole day tomorrow, that’s the critical period for Metro Manila, including Calabarzon, Bulacan, Pampanga,” said Cayanan.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it is a hundred percent ready for Tisoy’s effects.
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia all the agency’s teams in the four quadrants of Metro Manila are ready to be deployed.
He also said all 61 pumping stations are functional.
Based on the data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, 579 barangays in Metro Manila are prone to flooding and landslide.
Manila has 215 prone barangays, followed by Pasay with 121, Quezon City 62, Makati 30, Pasig 28, Las Piñas 21, Mandaluyong 20, Caloocan 17, Taguig 16, Parañaque 15, Marikina 14, Pateros 10, Muntinlupa 9, and San Juan with one.
The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said rescue centers in Baseco and Del Pan are ready to use.
Legazpi (Albay) Bishop Joel Baylon ordered all parishes and churches in the city to open their facilities to evacuees. – With Rod Lagusad, Cyra Corral and Gerard Naval