Kammuri rapidly intensified before hitting Philippines, more than 100 000 evacuated lahar-prone areas

Kammuri rapidly intensified before hitting Philippines, more than 100 000 evacuated lahar-prone areas

Authorities are evacuating more than 100 000 people living in lahar-prone areas in the Bicol region, Philippines, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon "Kammuri", locally known as Tisoy. The storm has further intensified into Category 4 hurricane equivalent and its eyewall is now bringing violent winds over Northern Samar, Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.

As of 11:00 UTC on December 2, 2019, the eye was located based on all available data at 90 km (56 miles) east of Juban, moving west at 20 km/h (12 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h (102 mph) near the center and gusts to 230 km/h (143 mph), according to weather agency PAGASA's update issued at 12:00 UTC.

Several airlines have canceled flights on December 2, December 3, and December 4, including AirAsia and NAIA. Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels on December 3 as the storm approaches.

Ahead of landfall, Kammuri has already brought violent winds and heavy rains on the coast of the eastern Philippines.

According to Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), 58 614 families or 307 493 persons living in 484 villages in the 15 towns and three cities are at risk due to flooding. Of this figure, 25 770 families or 106 211 persons are at risk by lahar and mudflows from Mount Mayon.

"We have to evacuate them and for those who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps," Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said.

Authorities and officials across the country have started preparing for the upcoming typhoon.

Typhoon "Kammuri" at 13:10 UTC on December 2, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA

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Image credit: PAGASA

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Image credit: JTWC

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Tropical Cyclone Signal #3 is up in a lot of provinces in Luzon, including Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Masbate, and Quezon, and some provinces in the Visayas. Winds of greater than 121 up to 170 km/h (75 to 106 mph) may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Between December 2 evening and December 3 morning, frequent to continuous heavy rains to intense rains is expected over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon, as well as Samar, Eastern Samar, Rizal, and the rest of Quezon, Laguna, and Oriental Mindoro.

Moderate to intermittent heavy rains are forecast over Metro Manila, Occidental Mindoro, the rest of CALABARZON, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Kammuri is set to make landfall in Sorsogon on Tuesday evening, December 2.

Typhoon "Kammuri" at 01:17 UTC on December 1, 2019. Credit: Copernicus Sentinel Data (2019), Antonio Vecoli

Updates

16:40 UTC

Kammuri made landfall in Sorsogon, Philippines as Category 4 hurricane equivalent (210 km/h, 130 mph).

Featured image: Typhoon "Kammuri" at 13:10 UTC on December 2, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA

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