(UPDATE) Sea travel banned in areas with storm signal No. 2

Posted at 10/30/2009 8:36 AM | Updated as of 10/30/2009 8:47 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has barred sea vessels from traveling in areas affected ty typhoon Santi (international codename Mirinae).

PCG spokesman Arman Balilo said sea travel in typhoon-affected areas will resume as soon as the weather improves.

Balilo said that based on the regulations of the PCG all types of boats are grounded following the raising of storm signal number 2.

The Philippine Ports Authority has cancelled barred all ferry vessels from leaving the Batangas seaport after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed the province under public storm signal number 2.

An ABS-CBN News report said the Batangas seaport management has refunded the tickets of dozens of passengers and advised them to return home.

A few passengers, however, opted to stay at the port hoping that the voyage cancellations will be lifted.

The cancellation came at a bad time since the port is usually filled with passengers bound for Mindoro provinces during All Saints' Day.

 

As of 5 a.m., PAGASA said typhoon Santi was 580 kilometers east northeast of Infanta town, Quezon province, packing maximum winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kph.

It was moving west southwest towards the Aurora-Quezon area at a speed of 22 kph. The storm was expected to more nearer Quezon province by Saturday morning.

Polilio Islands in Quezon has been placed under storm warning signal number 3.

Other areas under signal number 2 were Metro Manila, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Lubang Island, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes.

Under signal number 1 were Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro and Calamian Group.

PAGASA said areas under signal #3 and #2 would have rough seas. Coast villagers in the areas have been advised to watch out for big waves and storm surges. With a report from ANC