Gale warning raised over La Union amidst upcoming 2019 SEA Games surfing competition

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Inclement weather might affect the surfing competition of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA)has issued a gale warning over the western seaboard of Northern Luzon ( Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan).

All surfing events of the 30th SEA Games will be held in San Juan, La Union and will run from Monday, Dec. 2, until Dec. 8.

PAGASA has advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts to not venture into the sea in the said areas while alerting large sea vessels of possible big waves.

At least 60 athletes are expected to participate in the surfing tournament while at least 4,000 spectators are expected to watch the competition

Meanwhile, PAGASA continues to monitor the typhoon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

As of 10:00AM, the weather monitoring agency said that the typhoon, with an international name Kammuri, is at 1,470 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, and is moving slowly towards the northwest direction.

PAGASA expects the typhoon to enter PAR between Saturday, Nov. 30, and on Sunday (Dec. 1).

Typhoon Kammuri, which will be named Tisoy upon entering PAR, has maximum wind strength of 140 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 170 kilometers per hour.

The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has assured the public that they have contingency plans in case venues will experience bad weather.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Rep. Abraham Tolentino also said that inclement weather might cause the rescheduling of some outdoor sports events.

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