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    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage in its wake

    MANILA, Philippines – After making several landfalls beginning with the first one in Sorsogon on December 2, ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ continues to weaken as it slowly moves off the coast of Occidental Mindoro. Despite its ‘weakened’ state, there are still several areas under storm signal #3 as of 5 pm of December 3.
    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage

    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage
    Photo credit: PAGASA - DOST / Facebook

    But the typhoon left a lot of damage in its wake. As it moved directly over Legazpi City, thousands of houses were damaged. Over 100,000 people were evacuated in Albay province alone. The governor ordered a mandatory evacuation.

    “We have to evacuate them and for those (residents) who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps,” announced Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara.

    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage
    Photo credit: Razvale Sayat / PhilStar

    Naga City was also severely affected by ‘Bagyong Tisoy’, leaving many areas submerged in flood waters and houses damaged by the strong winds.

    Classes were also suspended in many places across Luzon and Visayas as local officials braced for the worst. Aside from the class suspensions, many government and private offices were also closed. Moreover, the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were put on temporary shutdown, leading to hundreds of canceled and delayed flights for customer safety.

    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage
    Photo credit: Gladys Vidal / PhilStar

    With the Philippines being the host of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the typhoon affected several games. Several outdoor games had to be rescheduled because the courts or grounds were not playable. Many games were also moved for the safety of the athletes and fans.

    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage
    Photo credit: Razvale Sayat / PhilStar

    Several sporting events were suspended without definite resumption dates as the typhoon, believed to be the strongest to hit the country this year, moves closer to the tournament venues.

    ‘Bagyong Tisoy’ weakens after making several landfalls, but leaves lots of damage
    Photo credit: Alren Beronio / PhilStar

    Plenty of videos and pictures shared on social media show the extent of Bagyong Tisoy’s wrath as it left plenty of damage in its wake. Thankfully, it is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday.


    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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