By Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
Typhoon Tisoy slightly weakened early Tuesday morning as it bears down on Burias Island but it remains strong and destructive, the weather bureau reported.
In its 5 a.m. Severe Weather Bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that Tisoy’s eyewall is currently bringing violent winds and intense rainfall over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and Masbate.
Its eyewall is also expected to affect Southern Quezon, Romblon, and Marinduque in the next three hours.
Frequent to continuous heavy to intense (with isolated torrential) rains will be experienced in the Bicol Region, Romblon, Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan between Tuesday early morning and late afternoon, Pagasa said.
Occasional to frequent heavy rains will likewise prevail over the rest of Central Luzon while intermittent heavy rains will be experienced over Samar Provinces, Biliran, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and the northern portions of Negros Provinces and Cebu.
Between late Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, Mindoro Provinces, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Rizal, and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands will have frequent to continuous heavy (with isolated intense) rains.
Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Marinduque, Romblon and the rest of Calabarzon will experience occasional heavy rains while Bicol Region and Calamian Islands will have intermittent heavy rains, Pagasa said.
As of 4 a.m., the eye of Tisoy was spotted in the vicinity of San Pascual, Masbate (Burias Island) moving westward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of up to 155 kilometers kph and gusts of up to 235 kph.
Pagasa warned residents in affected areas, especially those residing in areas highly susceptible to flooding and landslides, to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management officers, and frequently monitor for updates.