By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name ‘Kammuri’) continues to move away from the country, prompting the weather bureau to lift or lower the tropical cyclone warnings raised over several areas in Luzon.
As of 8 p.m., the Philippine, Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Tisoy” has maintained its strength while moving westward over Mindoro strait on Tuesday evening.
It was estimated at 145 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan, with maximum winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness up to 160 kph.
Only the northern part of Occidental Mindoro remains under Signal No. 3.
Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bataan, Metro Manila, southern Bulacan, southern Pampanga, southern Zambales, Calamian Islands, and western portion of Quezon are still under Signal 2.
Signal No. 1 is still up in the northern portion of Camarines Sur, southern Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, northern portion of Palawan, Camarines Norte, Tarlac, the rest of Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Romblon, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Zambales, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Bulacan, northern Aklan, and northern Antique.
Tropical cyclone wind signals over Pangasinan, southern Quirino, southern Nueva Vizcaya, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Nueva Ecija, and Burias Island were already lifted.
Until Wednesday morning, PAGASA said frequent to continuous heavy with isolated intense rains may persist over Quezon and Rizal, while occasional to frequent heavy rains will likely prevail over Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, and Romblon.
Intermittent heavy rains are possible over Calamian Islands, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Those in low-lying and mountainous areas should remain alert for possible flash floods or landslides.
Likewise, sea travel is still risky for small sea craft over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warnings, coastlines of Northern Luzon and Visayas, western coast of Palawan, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to rough sea conditions.
PAGASA said gusty conditions may also be experienced in areas in Northern Luzon that are not under any tropical cyclone warning, especially in the coastal and mountainous regions due to the surge of the northeast monsoon (amihan).