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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, September 14, 2018
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Some boats cancel trips


Some vessels serving Negros Occidental cancelled trips late yesterday due to rough seas as Typhoon Ompong accelerated and continued to pose a threat to northern Luzon.

The typhoon will not hit Negros Occidental, but an alert is up for rains and floods.

The Ocean Jet 5:15 p.m. trip from Iloilo to Bacolod City and a ro-ro vessel from Escalante City in Negros Occidental to Cebu set to leave at 7 p.m. yesterday were cancelled because of rough seas, Lt. Commander Lodovico Librilla, Philippine Coast Guard Neg. Occ. head, said.

Librilla said the continuation of sea travel today will depend on weather conditions.

Provincial Disaster Management Division head, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, said that pre-disaster preparedness measures are in place in Negros Occidental.

Negrenses should expect rain today although the province will not be hit by the typhoon, he said.

“Let us pray, not just for Negros Occidental, but also for the people of northern Luzon and Cagayan because they will be experiencing minimum winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour,” Caelian, who echoed the call of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for prayers, said.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elena Serenias said they are ready to provide assistance in case of evacuations.

The eye of Typhoon "Ompong” was 740 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon or 485 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 last night, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

“Ompong” is now moving west northwest at a speed of 25 km. per hour (kph), packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kph and gusts of up to 255 kph, it added.

“Ompong” is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early tomorrow.

Moderate to occasionally heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon will prevail over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula and the Visayas today and tomorrow, PAGASA said.

Maintaining its speed and direction, “Ompong” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday.*CPG


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