At least one person has died in the Philippines and tens of thousands have been evacuated while airport operations at the capital has been suspended as Typhoon Kammuri moved closer to the main Luzon island.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday announced it is preparing the airports that might be affected by Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri).
More than 800 families (about 3,000 to 4,000 people) are already in evacuation centres, mostly in schools and gymnasiums in Camarines Norte, the disaster management office of the province said.
It is then forecast to pass close to Manila, which is home to 13million people and is the site for numerous SEA Games events.
"We hope there won't be any damage, but given its strength, we can't avoid it", national disaster agency's spokesman Mark Timbal said in an interview with the AFP.
Authorities raised the tropical cyclone warning level for 35 provinces and told people in areas in the path of the Category 3 typhoon to be on alert for possible landslides, storm surges and floods triggered by heavy winds and rain.
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The country is hit by an average of 20 typhoons each year.
The Philippines is playing host to the 30th Southeast Asia Games which will run through December 11.
Organisers of the Southeast Asian Games have suspended some competitions, including windsurfing, adding that other events would be delayed if necessary, but there is no plan to extend the games which are due to end on 11 December.
The storm is the latest trouble for the SEA Games, which saw a series of transport snafus and a rush of last-minute construction ahead of the opening.
Around 8,750 athletes and team officials are expected at this year's 30th edition - the biggest ever - and there are some 12,000 volunteers.
In an eclectic programme, Olympic sports like swimming and athletics sit side-by-side with regional favourites such as martial arts, and this year athletes will even battle an obstacle race course in Manila.