Rough Seas: 231 stranded with cancellation of two trips for Tagbilaran City
CEBU CITY, Philippines —At least 231 passengers were left stranded at the ports of Cebu City on Wednesday morning, July 17, following the cancellation of at least two trips bound for Tagbilaran City in Bohol in province.
The cancelled trips were that of MV Ocean Jet 288 and MV Ocean Jet 168 that were supposed to leave the ports of Cebu City at 10:40 a.m. and 11:40 a.m., respectively.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael John Encina, spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas, said that the cancellations were made upon the discretion of the shipping line due to the “increment weather condition.”
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that Tropical Storm Falcon has maintained its strength while moving northwestward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
It has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour while its center is estimated to be at 195 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.
A Tropical Cyclone Signal Number 1 is still up in the provinces of Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Apayao and the Babuyan Islands.
Areas in the Visayas are expected to experience scattered light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms today due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or Habagat. /dcb
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