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03 Dec 2019 | 01:18 PM UTC

Philippines: Four killed as Typhoon Tisoy makes landfall in Luzon December 3 /update 6

At least four people killed as Typhoon Tisoy makes landfall in Luzon on December 3; power, transportation, and business disruptions ongoing

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Event

At least four people were killed and several others reported injured as Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) made landfall in the Philippines near the city of Gubat (Luzon) on Tuesday, December 3. The storm caused widespread destruction as it passed over Luzon into the South China Sea, ripping off roofs and felling power lines. A portion of the ceiling at Legazpi Airport (LGP) in Albay province reportedly collapsed due to heavy rains and strong winds brought on by Tisoy. Additionally, widespread power outages have been reported across Bicol region, with nearly two million people affected.

Flight operations at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) were suspended from 11:00 to 23:00 (local time) on Tuesday, forcing the cancelations of over 460 flights. 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 22:00 (local time) on Tuesday, Typhoon Tisoy is located 180 km (112 mi) west of Calapan City near 13.5°N, 119.5°E, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph (74.5 mph) and moving west-northwestward at 15 kph (9 mph). The storm is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility between Wednesday evening, December 4, and Thursday morning, December 5. Associated flooding, landslides, power outages, and severe disruptions to transportation and business are expected across affected areas of the Philippines.

Advice

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.