The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 over 19 towns and cities in Negros Occidental yesterday as Typhoon “Tisoy” moved westward towards the Bicol peninsula.
Signal 1 calls for the automatic suspension of public and private pre-school and kindergarten classes, Department of Education guidelines state.
Frank Carbon, operator of Weesam Express, said there will be no fastcraft travel between Bacolod and Iloilo today as their vessels will have to seek shelter from the typhoon.
PAGASA hoisted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 over Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Escalante City, La Carlota City, Manapla, Murcia, Pulupandan, Sagay City, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso, Valladolid and Victorias City.
This prompted several mayors to announce the suspension of classes.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the suspension of pre-school classes in Bacolod City today.
Silay and Sagay cities also announced the suspension of pre-school and kindergarten classes.
Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca has suspended classes from nursery to high school in Victorias City.
Mayor Marvin Malacon and Mayor Neil Lizares suspended classes at all levels in EB Magalona and Talisay City.
“Tisoy” is forecast to make landfall over Catanduanes or Albay between this evening and early tomorrow morning, PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. bulletin yesterday.
At 10 p.m. yesterday the center of Typhoon "Tisoy" was at 500 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, and was moving west at 20 kph, PAGASA said.
It had maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph, it added.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 has also been raised over Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Cebu, and Leyte.
Residents of the affected areas, especially those that are prone to flooding and landslides, are advised to make the necessary preparations and monitor weather updates for the latest information about the typhoon, PAGASA said.*
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