‘Inday’ is coming to town: Pagasa-A A +A
Monday, July 21, 2014
CEBU CITY -- Typhoon Henry hasn’t left the country, but another low-pressure area is emerging in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this weekend.
Engr. Oscar Tabada of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Mactan said Monday that the new weather disturbance will be called “Inday” once it enters Philippine territory.
“It is still very far ug daghan pa mahitabo (and many things can still happen). Pero mas maayo magbantay nata daan (But it’s better to be prepared),” he said during the meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Central Visayas at the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas.
The state weather bureau, in its 11 p.m. advisory, said the eye of Typhoon Henry was located 340 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, or 340 kilometers southeast of Basco Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.
Today, Tuesday, Tabada said Cebu will experience sunny periods with lights rains on Wednesday. On Thursday to Saturday, Cebu will be cloudy and will experience light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Fisherfolks and small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to the eastern seaboards of Mindanao and Visayas due to big waves that reach at least 15 feet.
“Bisan wala’y storm signal diri (Even though there’s no storm signal), fisherfolks and travelers must take extra precaution,” Tabada said.
Though Henry didn’t make landfall, nine sea vessels and 271 passengers were stranded in Central Visayas as of 7 a.m. Monday.
Some trips in Cebu, Leyte, Negros and Masbate were also cancelled.
Ensign Jack Ryan Basitao, operations officer of Coast Guard Central Visayas District (CGCVD), said the sea condition Monday was described as moderate to rough seas. The wave height was estimated at 3.4 meters to 4.5 meters.
The stranded sea vessels were M/V Rosalia 3, M/V Gleria 2, M/V Fiji 11 and M/V Lady of Angles (Pier 3 to Baybay and Hilongos, Leyte); mbca Beep Dream and mbca Super SM (Bantayan to Panay and Capiz, Negros); M/V Helena and Super Shuttle Ferry 19 (Hagnaya-Masbate); and lct Cadiz Navs (Tabuelan to Negros Occidental).
Due to bad weather, M/V J & N Carrier, a passenger vessel, ran aground last Sunday night in Getafe, Bohol.
CGCVD Commodore William Melad said the vessel had a crew of 26 and was carrying 52 passengers. It came from Cebu and was headed to Tagbilaran, Bohol.
He told Sun.Star Cebu that no one was hurt in the incident. The vessel managed to pull out and arrive safely in Ubay, Bohol at dawn Monday.
Meanwhile, Victor Yntig of the Department of Education-Central Visayas reported only Bayawan City in Negros Oriental suspended class in all levels on Monday, July 21.
Whenever there are preventive evacuations where school buildings will be used, Yntig said school administrators in Central Visayas should facilitate all evacuees.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas has already prepared 8,843 family food packs, which include three kilos of rice and P250 worth of canned goods. These will be distributed in case of an emergency. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 22, 2014.