Filipinos know just how terrible storms or typhoons can be in the Philippines. That’s why, at the news of an incoming cyclone called Tisoy, we brace ourselves and prepare for the worst.
To know more about Typhoon Tisoy, here are some fast facts to be mindful of.
From Kammuri to Tisoy
Typhoon “Kammuri” was given the local name “Tisoy” when it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on November 30, 2019, Saturday afternoon.
Before making its landfall, posts about Tisoy being a “super typhoon” went around social media which almost caused panic among Filipinos. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), however, quickly released a statement on November 29, 2019, saying that wasn’t exactly the case.
20th Philippine tropical cyclone of 2019
According to PAGASA, Tisoy is the 20th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year.
The speed and span of Tisoy
On December 3, 2019, continuous and heavy rainfall is expected over Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Metro Manila, Calabarazon, Bataan, Bulacan, and Pampanga.
Intermittent to continuous heavy rains are seen in all of Central Luzon, including Bicol. The same is also forecasted in Aklan, Capiz, Antique, and the northern parts of Negros Provinces.
Tisoy is currently on its way to the Batangas-Northern Oriental Mindoro area at the rate of 25 kph.
From “not super typhoon” to “government work and class suspensions”
Although PAGASA initially said in its statement that Tisoy wasn’t a “super typhoon,” the possibility of it becoming one was still considered.
Today, on December 3, 2019, the government issued a memorandum suspending classes and government work in Metro Manila at 12 noon, as Tisoy continues to intensify.
225,768 individuals evacuated
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), about 225, 768 or 57, 918 families were evacuated in Bicol, Calabarazon, and Eastern Visayas as of the council’s latest report.
Parts of the Philippines ravaged
Tisoy leaves some cities ravaged as it makes its rounds over the country, with people constantly posting photos of damaged buildings and neighborhoods on social media.
Tisoy expected to leave on Thursday
Tisoy is expected to leave PAR on Thursday, December 5, 2019, however, rain is also expected to keep pouring until then.