LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol grounded sea vessels in the seaports of Catanduanes and Albay, stranding 400 passengers after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 in the two provinces as typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) intensified on Tuesday morning.
Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, Office of the Civil Defense regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chairman in Bicol told The Manila Times that trips bound to and from Catanduanes were cancelled at 7 a.m., holding 400 ferry passengers. Similarly, 24 rolling cargoes and five sea craft were grounded at Tabaco City international seaport.
At the San Andres seaport in Catanduanes, 50 passengers and two vessels were not allowed to sail for Tabaco. Last Friday, the PCG Bicol also grounded over 3,000 passengers across the Bicol region as Typhoon Karen battered the region, particularly Catanduanes.
At least three persons in Catanduanes died while three fishermen remain missing at this writing.
Alejandro warned local fishermen in the island province not to venture out to sea as big and strong waves are expected in the high seas as Typhoon Lawin traverses the island province on Tuesday.
Pagasa hoisted storm signal No.1 in Catanduanes at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, indicating that the weather
disturbance has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility with howling winds packed at 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
Also, the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora were placed under TCWS No.1. The eye of the typhoon was located at 1.075 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte and was moving west northwest at 24 kph.
Typhoon Lawin is expected to made landfall in Nortern Luzon before dawn on Thursday.