‘Urduja’ leaves 300 passengers stranded at Cebu port | Inquirer News

‘Urduja’ leaves 300 passengers stranded at Cebu port

By: - Correspondent / @theMorexette
/ 06:49 PM December 14, 2017

CEBU CITY—About 300 individuals were left stranded at several ports in Cebu province due to rough seas that prevented vessels from sailing in the Visayas region brought by tropical storm “Urduja.”


Data from the Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu Station (PCG-Cebu) revealed that a total of 22 passenger ferries and nine cargo ships were grounded as of noon on Thursday. They also accounted a total of 280 passengers who were left stranded after their voyages were cancelled.

Most of the vessels were bound for areas in Southern Leyte such as Ormoc City and the towns of Maasin, Villaba, Palompon, and Isabel.


The state weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), hoisted storm signal No. 1 on Northern Cebu, which includes Bantayan Island, Southern Leyte, Biliran Island, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Iloilo, Romblon, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar.

On the other hand, Department of Education-Cebu Province (DepEd-Cebu) Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud announced that all classes in pre-elementary and elementary levels, both public and private, all over the province are suspended on Thursday and Friday due to Urduja’s presence.

“Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III announced the decision. It’s up to LGUs’ (local government units) discretion to suspend classes in the secondary level,” Angtud said.
The municipal governments of Daanbantayan, Santa Fe in Bantayan Island, and Sogod in northern Cebu have expanded the suspension of classes to the secondary level.

Urduja has intensified from tropical depression into tropical storm as of the 2 p.m., according to the severe weather bulletin issued by Pagasa. The storm’s eye was last spotted 90 kilometers southeast of Guiauan, Eastern Samar.

It has maximum sustained winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour near the eye, and 65 kilometers per hour on its outer bands. Pagasa said Urduja, which is moving west at speed of seven kilometers per hour, is set to make landfall on Eastern Samar Friday morning. /jpv


‘Urduja’ intensifies into tropical storm

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Click here for more weather related news.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Pagasa, Tropical storm, urduja, Visayas, Weather
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.