A rare late-season typhoon is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the eastern islands of the Philippines. Typhoon Kammuri made landfall over Gubat, Sorsogon at 11:00 p.m. local time (10:00 a.m. ET) according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The storm is the 20th storm to hit the Philippines this year, and was given the local name “Tisoy” as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
The storm has developed a broad 34-mile-wide eyewall that is lashing areas spanning from Catanduanes to Camarines Sur and south past Northern Samar. With current maximum sustained wind speeds at roughly 132 mph and gusts around 160 mph, it is now the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
More than 43,000 people have been evacuated and schools in six provinces have suspended classes while local governments began preparing for the storm’s arrival. Residents were urged to check local weather advisories and government social media accounts for updates.
Additionally, there are concerns that the storm may affect the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting. More than 8,000 athletes from 11 participating nations are expected to participate in the games, which began on Saturday. Organizers of the event said they are fully prepared to employ contingency measures as necessary.
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