As Typhoon Kammuri approached the Philippines, Negros Occidental yesterday remained in an “area of uncertainty”, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division chief, said.
As of yesterday northern Negros was within the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) typhoon track, which is an “area of uncertainty,” he said.
This means if Kammuri, which will be known as Tisoy when it enters the Philippines area of responsibility (PAR), moves lower because of the influence of the northeast monsoon, its outer wind and rain bands could affect Negros Occidental, he said.
However, if the typhoon moves up towards Northern Luzon there is a possibility that Negros Occidental will not be affected by its wind and rain bands, he said.
The third scenario is if the track projected by the PAGASA yesterday stays on course, northern Negros Occidental could be affected by the typhoon, Caelian said.
That is why Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson on Thursday directed all town and city Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils in Negros Occidental to go on blue alert starting yesterday, Caelian said.
Blue alert means heightened 24/7 monitoring.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday also directed the Bacolod City DRRMC, all barangay officials and allied agencies to go on blue alert and heighten their preparedness as Kammuri approaches.
Precautionary measures should be taken as the typhoon could cause flooding, landslides, storm surges and accidents that could endanger lives and property, Leonardia said.
The mayor stressed the need for contingency plans to be in place, such as the identification of possible evacuation centers, and the preparation of rescue equipment, personnel, food and medicine.
Monitoring the typhoon must be done in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center and the PAGASA, Leonardia said.
Meanwhile, the intensification of "Kammuri" into a super typhoon is less likely at this time but not ruled out, PAGASA said.
“Kammuri” is forecast to enter the PAR between Saturday and Sunday morning and will be named “Tisoy” as the 20th Philippine tropical cyclone for 2019.*
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