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02 Dec 2019 | 06:57 PM UTC

Philippines: Typhoon Tisoy passes Bondoc Peninsula December 3 /update 5

Typhoon Tisoy maintains its strength as it passes the Bondoc Peninsula on December 3, bringing violent winds and heavy rain to the region; over 400 flights canceled at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport (MNL)



Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) made landfall in the Philippines near the city of Gubat (Luzon) around 00:01 (local time) on Tuesday, December 3. As of 08:00 on Tuesday, the storm is bringing violent winds and heavy to intense rainfall over southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), frequent to continuous heavy rain is forecast for Bicol Region, Romblon, Marinduque, Mindoro, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan through Tuesday afternoon. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 3 (the third highest) is in effect for large sections of Luzon, while Number 2 warnings are in place for Metro Manila. Over 200,000 people have been evacuated in southern Luzon as a precaution.

Authorities announced on Monday, December 2, that flight operations at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) will be suspended from 11:00 to 23:00 on Tuesday. According to MNL officials, over 460 flights have been canceled as of Tuesday morning. Representatives of Philippine Airlines have advised passengers traveling via MNL or Clark International Airport (CRK) from Monday, through Wednesday, December 4, to confirm their flight status prior to leaving for the airport as additional flight cancelations or delays are possible.

As of 07:00 on Tuesday, Typhoon Tisoy is located off the coast of the Bondoc Peninsula near 13.1°N 122.6°E, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph (96 mph) and moving westward at 20 kph (12 mph). The storm is expected to continue moving west and reach the South China Sea by 05:00 on Wednesday. Associated flooding, landslides, power outages, and severe disruptions to transportation and business are expected across affected areas of the Philippines.


Individuals in the Philippines are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, confirm flight reservations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.