The expected typhoon Tisoy by weekend may jeopardize the events of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with heavy rain and strong winds, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services and Administration (PAGASA) yesterday.
Tisoy’s international name is Kammuri, which now intensifies into becoming a typhoon to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
Esperanza Cayanan, chief of PAGASA weather division, said it is still up to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) whether to cancel or reschedule some games in the coming days.
“The decision to suspend or reschedule some games will come from PHISGOC. Our weather specialists and rainfall warning group will be providing real time information regarding the possible impact,” Cayanan said.
However, she added that even if there may be changes in the movement of Tisoy, it would still be better for the local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog to be prepared.
“If there is a need to ready the power generator sets for the SEAG activities, better prepare them now,” Cayanan said in Filipino.
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Deputy administrator Landrico Dalida Jr. of PAGASA operations and services said they have deployed five teams of weather specialists and hydrologists at the main operations of PHISGOC in Clark City, Tarlac to monitor and give updates about the typhoon.
However, Dalida said there is a slim chance of direct effect from the typhoon on the day of the opening ceremony on Saturday, as Kammuri is still outside PAR as of today.
“We will be monitoring the situation 24/7. We have storm chasers deployed in key areas,” she added.
Moreover, Kammuri strengthened into a typhoon at 8 a.m. yesterday with sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and 150 kph of gustiness, said PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario.
And as of 10 a.m. yesterday, its center was at 1,430 kilometers east of the Visayas, outside PAR. It was spotted moving west northwest at 10 kph.
Ordinario added that heavy rains, once Kammuri entered, would remain until Wednesday, and if the typhoon movements would persist, Central Luzon seems to be greatly affected.
“Crucial is upon landfall on Tuesday and exit on Wednesday. Based on its track, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog will be the most affected, it will traverse the areas where the SEAG will be held. That’s why we will conduct intense monitoring, especially next week,” he said.
After its landfall, Tisoy will exit through Bataan coast by Wednesday morning and the weather will start to improve by Thursday.