Typhoon Kammuri to Gradually Weaken Over the South China Sea After Hammering the Philippines

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Published: December 3, 2019

Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, has brought damaging winds and heavy rain to the Philippines after making a Category 4 landfall Monday night.

Kammuri, now the equivalent of a Category 3 storm, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center, is centered southwest of Manila and is beginning to move into the South China Sea where it will weaken the next few days.

Parts of the central Philippines have seen rainfall totals of 6 to 10 inches from Kammuri.


Current Storm Status and Projected Path

Kammuri made landfall late Monday night in the Bicol Region, about 240 miles southeast of Manila, the Philippines capital. Kammuri was briefly classified as a Category 4 storm, but its winds may have dropped below the Category 4 threshold prior to landfall.

Kammuri's northern eyewall, and eventually the eye itself, moved over Legazpi City (population around 182,000) and other parts of the Bicol Region of the central Philippines Monday night. The Philippines are 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

The airport in Legazpi City was damaged by high winds and heavy rain, the Associated Press reported.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated in areas prone to flooding and landslides before Kammuri arrived. There are reports of at least four deaths, according to AP.

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Kammuri/Tisoy was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines so far in 2019, according to Digital Typhoon. The last Category 4 typhoon to make landfall in the central Philippines, Nock-Ten around Christmas 2016, claimed 24 lives and inflicted an estimated $103 million in damage, according to the international disaster database EM-DAT.

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