Five municipalities in the province suspended classes Monday afternoon due to typhoon “Tisoy”, said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).

Taking to Facebook, the PDRRMO headed by Jeremias Alili said the towns of Culion and Sofronio Española suspended classes in all levels.

Araceli suspended classes from pre-school to high school, the PDRRMO said in a social media post also Monday.

Busuanga and Coron, on the other hand, prohibited pre-school and elementary students from attending classes.

The PDRRMO said due to Tisoy, five towns have also activated their emergency operations center — Busuanga, Coron, Linapacan, Aborlan, and Sofronio Española.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, PAGASA Severe Weather Bulletin No. 13 said Tisoy has further intensified and is about to make landfall over Sorsogon. Its eyewall is bringing violent winds over Northern Samar, Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.

In its heavy rainfall outlook, the state weather bureau said frequently to continuous heavy to intense rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon. Frequent to continuous heavy rains over Samar, Eastern Samar, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Laguna, and Oriental Mindoro. Moderate to intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, Occidental Mindoro, rest of CALABARZON, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Between Tuesday morning and evening, frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains over CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Romblon. Occasional to frequent heavy rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Calamian Islands. Intermittent heavy rains over Aklan, Capiz, and northern Antique.

Residents in these 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, especially the Thunderstorm or Rainfall Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
Other Hazards and Information

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Palawan, central seaboards of Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions which may be perilous for maritime activities, especially for those using small seacrafts.

Gusty conditions may also be experienced in areas in Northern Luzon that are not under any TCWS (especially in the coastal and mountainous zones) due to the Northeast Monsoon.

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