PRAY FOR PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Tisoy much Stronger in terms of Volume of Water than YOLANDA

MANILA – Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) maintained its strength while advancing towards Bicol region, state weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon was spotted approximately 995 kilometers east of Virac town, Catanduanes, packing 150 kph maximum sustained winds near the center and 185 kph gusts.

PAGASA said Tisoy is projected to make landfall over Bicol region between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Forecast Tract of Bagyong Tisoy

The weather bureau said Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 1 may be raised over Camarines Sur, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Island, Camotes Island and Leyte Sunday morning, as these areas will likely experience winds of 30 kph up to 60 kph.

On Monday, occasional to frequent heavy rains will prevail over Bicol region, Samar provinces, and Biliran. Moderate to occasional heavy rains, meanwhile, will fall on Romblon, Marinduque, and Quezon.

On Tuesday, frequent to continuous heavy rains will be experienced in Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan. Moderate to occasional heavy rains, meanwhile, will fall on the rest of Luzon.

Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, PAGASA said.

Sea travel is risky, especially for small sea craft, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of the country due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

Based on the NOAA latest satellite imagery as captured by Himawari 8 satellite of Japan, Tisoy is holding so much volume of water larger than that of super typhoon Yolanda. For now, Tisoy’s strength is smaller than that of Yolanda. What is frightening is the rainfall intensity of Tisoy which is Torrential based on the Funktop model of NOAA. Torrential rainfall is the highest and strongest among rainfalls on planet Earth. If you are hit by this kind of rainfall, you are completely soaked in 3 seconds! While driving your car, its wipers are useless during torrential rainfall. The best action is to park your car on highly elevated ground. In Dumaguete City, more than 50% of its total land area will be flooded within one hour of continuous torrential rainfall. Late this afternoon, Tisoy will be inside PAR. On Monday, December 2, the raging Tisoy will start to be felt by Bicol Region, Samar and some parts of Leyte. It will become stronger in the evening of December 2. Forecasted landfall will be in the early morning of December 3 where the center of Tisoy will collide with the land mass of Bicol Region. More frightening will be the rainfall intensity of Tisoy which will cause flashfloods and landslides. By this time. disaster managers and concerned LGU officials must have already done the required actions.

Let us Pray that God will lessen the damage and casualty of this coming TYPHOON!! Let us declare James 2:13, ESV: “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”