Flights cancelled, passengers stranded as Typhoon Lando nears
Several domestic flights were cancelled on Saturday due to bad weather brought by Typhoon Lando.
In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were cancelled:
5J 196 MNL-CAUAYAN
5J 197 CAUAYAN-MNL
5J 504 MNL-TUGUEGARAO
5J 505 TUGUEGARAO-MNL
5J 506 MNL-TUGUEGARAO
5J 507 TUGUEGARAO-MNL
5J 887 MNL-COTABATO
57 888 COTABATO-MNL
PR 2959 MNL-COTABATO
PR 2960 COTABATO-MNL
DG 6113 MNL-NAGA
DG 6114 NAGA-MNL
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Lando was tracked 295 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora and was moving slowly at 10 kilometers per hour westward.
Lando is expected to hit Aurora early Sunday but its rains are starting to be felt in a wide area of Luzon due to its 600 kilometer radius.
Pagasa raised public storm Signal No. 3 over Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands.
Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, Benguet, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes were placed under Signal No. 2.
Areas placed under Signal No. 1 were Batanes, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Albay, Camarines Sur and Metro Manila.
Even after making landfall, Lando will continue to be a typhoon but it is forecast to weaken.
Lando moves slowly as a result of its interaction with Typhoon Champi in the West Pacific, the weather bureau said. Because of this, the typhoon will have more time to dump heavy to intense rains.
The Philippine Coast Guard, meanwhile, said that as of 8 a.m. Saturday, 3,155 persons, 37 vessels, and seven motorbancas were stranded in the ports of Bicol, Northeastern Luzon and Southern Tagalog due to bad weather. CDG
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