PAGASA raise typhoon signals, passengers, sea-going vessels seek safety in ports as typhoon ‘Nona’ approaches

Nearly 4,000 passengers stranded in ports due to typhoon ‘Nona’ –PCG

The number of passengers stranded in various ports nationwide due to typhoon “Nona” was recorded at 3,997 as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Coast Guard said in an advisory.

The stranded passengers are held at bay with 13 vessels, two motor bancas and 85 rolling cargoes in Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete.

Seven areas in Luzon and the Visayas are now under Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 2 as severe tropical storm “Nona” has intensified into a typhoon and is now moving in a westward direction, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday afternoon.

PAGASA said that as of 4 p.m., the eye of typhoon “Nona” was located at 440 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.3°N, 128.7°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

The typhoon is moving westward at 19 kph and maintaining its speed and movement, it is expected to make landfall in Sorsogon province at around 9-11 a.m.on Monday.

PSWS No. 2 (61-120 kph winds expected in 24 hours) is hoisted over the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Ticao Island in Luzon; Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar in the Visayas.

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in 36 hours) is raised over southern Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Masbate, including Burias Island in Luzon; Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte and Northern Cebu, including Camotes Island in the Visayas; and Dinagat province and Siargao Island in Mindanao.

Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over the provinces under PSWS #1 while those under PSWS #2 will have stormy weather.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with PSWS are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

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