Negros under Signal No. 2

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


PUBLIC storm warning signals have been raised in several areas across the country, including the Negros provinces, due to Tropical Storm Basyang.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, Public Storm Warning Signal Number 2 was still hoisted over the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran Province, Samar and Eastern Samar in the Visayas, and Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, northern part of Surigao del Sur and northern part of Agusan del Norte in Mindanao.

The warning is contained in Severe Weather Bulletin No. 6 of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

At 10 p.m. Friday, the center of Tropical Storm Basyang was estimated based on all available data in the vicinity of Ubay, Bohol.

On Saturday afternoon, Basyang is expected to be at 166 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City. It is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday afternoon, Pagasa said.

The weather bureau warned the residents and the local disaster risk reduction management councils in low-lying and mountainous areas in places under storm signals number 1 and 2 to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living near the coastal areas were also alerted for possible storm surges.

In Bacolod City, between 400 and 500 sea craft passengers were stranded at the Bredco port in the Reclamation Area on Friday after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended all ferry trips.

Among those stranded were athletes in the Batang Pinoy National Finals whose events were already finished.

Lieutenant Commander Glen Daraug of PCG-Bacolod Station directed his personnel in all ports to monitor ships or vessels and implement the directive he issued at 4:30 a.m. Friday.
Frank Carbon, general manager of Weesam Express, said the suspension of sea travel in the province may last until after lunch Saturday depending on the movement of Basyang.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, at least a hundred passengers, including children, were remained at the terminal of the ro-ro vessels at the Bredco port. Most of them came from towns and cities outside Bacolod and said they opted to wait since it is too far to return to their homes. (With reports from Teresa D. Ellera)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 01, 2014.

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