LEGAZPI CITY, Oct.18, (PNA) -- Some 400 passengers as well as 35 trucks, buses and cars, and seven ships were stranded on Tuesday in the ports of Tabaco in Albay and San Andres in Catanduanes, after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 over Catanduanes as typhoon 'Lawin' (Haima) intensified while traversing the Philippine Sea.
Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director, said the Philippine Coast Guard cancelled all inbound and outbound vessels sailing in Catanduanes following the raising of the storm signal.
He said the cancellation of trips to and from Catanduanes took effect at 7:00 a.m. with 350 passengers, 24 trucks, buses and cars and five ships put on hold at Tabaco Port in Albay while 50 passengers, 11 trucks, buses and cars and two ships were not allowed to sail at San Andres port in Catanduanes.
Alejandro warned fishermen in the coastal towns of Catanduanes not to go out at sea as strong waves are expected to occur as the typhoon hovers the province on Tuesday.
The state weather bureau raised the storm signal at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday to indicate that the typhoon has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. 'Lawin' has winds of up to 185 kilometers per hours near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
The eye of the typhoon was located 1,075 kms east of Daet, Camarines Norte and is moving west northwest at 24 kph.
Aside from Catanduanes, TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over Cagayan, Isabela and Northern Aurora. (PNA) BNB/GVR/MSA/EBP