The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday that it is monitoring a storm off the country’s Pacific coast that may hit the country by next week, during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said the storm Kammuri is gathering strength with 1,950 kilometers (km) east of Visayas earlier this morning, packing 105 kilometer per hour (kph) gusts and up to 85 kph maximum sustained winds from just 60kph.
Once the storm has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), it will be named “Tisoy.”
Tisoy is expected to enter this weekend, which is the date of the opening ceremony of the 30th SEA Games.
The SEA Games will happen in 56 venues in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces, namely Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Laguna, and Cavite starting on Saturday.
Tisoy in Visayas and other provinces
Tisoy will be the 20th storm of the country this year and it is foreseen to further enhance as it moves closer to eastern Visayas and Bicol, PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario told radio DZMM.
On Wednesday, cloudy skies and thunderstorms are expected in Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and Palawan province.
Meanwhile, light rains will be experienced in Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon provinces. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, on the other hand, will have fair weather but with isolated rains.
Ordinario said, PAGASA is expecting one more storm that might enter the country before 2019 ends.