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December 2, 2019

Typhoon Kammuri Leads to Major Evacuations Across The Philippines


Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines as a typhoon approaches some of the most populated areas of the country.

Typhoon Kammuri is expected to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 3 Hurricane by Tuesday morning, Philippine Time and make landfall in Luzon, the country’s most populated island. The storm is packing winds of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour), but those are expected to speed up to 185 kph (115 mph). Southern Luzon is forecast to receive 20 to 30 centimeters of rain (8-12 inches), which will bring a risk of flash flooding and mudslides. Top wind gusts could hit 200 kph (124 mph).

Sea travel is highly risky. The Philippine Coast Guard said nearly 5,400 passengers were stranded on vessels that have been taking shelter due to the weather disturbance. Air travel is also affected with flights from PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, SkyJet and Air Asia airlines canceled on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd.


If you are stranded while traveling to Philippines, stay informed about the areas affected by the typhoon and change your itinerary accordingly.

  • Monitor local media to stay updated about local weather and travel conditions.
  • Travelers should monitor flight cancellations. Some flights have already been cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Check the weather at your connecting cities as well as at your departure and destination airports.
  • Make alternative arrangements if you are traveling by sea as it is risky to travel over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signals along with seaboards of Northern Luzon.

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