MANILA, December 16, 2017 — Several flights were canceled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Saturday as Tropical Storm Urduja continues to move closer to the Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area.
In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were canceled due to bad weather:
5J (Cebu Pacific) 651/652 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J (Cebu Pacific) 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J (Cebu Pacific) 373/374 Manila – Roxas – Manila
Z2 (Philippine Air Asia) 320/321 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
Z2 (Philippine Air Asia) 324/325 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
DG (Cebgo) 6177/6178 Manila – Masbate – Manila
DG (Cebgo) 6073/6074 Manila – Tablas – Manila
M8 (Skyjet) 421/422 Manila – Siargao – Manila
State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its latest weather bulletin, said “Urduja” continues to move westward closer to Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area, with its landfall expected Saturday afternoon or evening.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is hoisted over the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate, including Burias, Ticao Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and Leyte.
TCWS #1 is raised over Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Northern Negros Oriental, Cebu, Northern Bohol, Southern Leyte, and Dinagat Islands.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said more than 11,000 passengers were stranded in seaports across the country.
In its latest advisory, the PCG said that 11,101 passengers were stranded in ports in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas.
At least 1,322 vessels, 52 rolling cargoes and 33 motor bancas cancelled their trips as “Urduja” unleashes its wrath over the Eastern Visayas region this weekend. (Aerol John Pateña/PNA)