Typhoon Tisoy hits the Philippines on Tuesday with intense winds and heavy rain resulted in the shut down of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals in Manila due to safety concerns of hundreds of thousands of passengers.
The powerful storm pass south of Manila, blew in windows, sheared off roofs, and roared ashore late Monday, in time with the presence of thousands of athletes for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
“We’re still assessing the damage but it looks like it’s severe,” said Luisito Mendoza, a disaster officer in the town where the storm made landfall.
After its landfall in Albay-Sorsogon last night, PAGASA said Tisoy remained strong, with up to 155 kilometers (95 miles) per hour (kph) of sustained winds and 235 kph of maximum gusts through northwest.
“There is one place where water levels reached the roof… our own personnel got hit by shattered glass,” Mendoza added, saying many trees and power poles were felled by wind.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials said operations were suspended at 11 a.m. (0300 GMT) as a precaution against high winds.
Reopening of the terminals is still unclear, but authorities estimated that by 11 p.m. NAIA might be operational again, but still depends on the weather updates.
Once flight operations resumed, scheduled flights will be prioritized, and then the recovery flights that had prior approval from the MIAA.
Regular runway maintenance from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. will be suspended for three days to allow for recovery flights after the restart of flights.
MIAA general manager Ed Monreal advised passengers to stay safe at home and refrain from going to the airport today, December 3. He also asked them to coordinate with their airline carriers for updates about their flight schedules.