NAGA CITY, Philippines – Tropical storm “Quinta” shut down all ports in Masbate on Wednesday and the Coast Guard in the island-province said at least 32 passengers were stranded in three seaports.
As of 9:00 a.m., there were eight stranded passengers in Masbate Port in Masbate City, the provincial capital. There were six other stranded passengers in cataingan Port, some 70 kilometers south of the city.
In Burias Island, one of the three primary islands that compose Masbate province, 18 passengers were stranded in the seaport of San Pascual town, about 100 kilometers north of Masbate City.
The ports of Masbate and Cataingan serve passengers to and from the Bicol mainlad, Manila, and Cebu.
Public storm warning signal number 2 was hoisted in Masbate, including Ticao Island, and neighboring Sorsogon province Wednesday due to “Quinta” (international codename: Wukong), which was passing through the Visayas, the state weather bureau said.#