| Inquirer News Sea voyages suspended in areas affected by ‘Usman’

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday suspended inter-island travel to areas affected by Tropical Depression “Usman” which brought rough sea conditions.

In a notice, the PCG halted sea travel for all types of vessels or craft plying the routes to and from the following areas:

Luzon

Sorsogon

Masbate including Ticao Island

Visayas

Northern Samar

samar

Biliran

Leyte

South Leyte

North of Cebu including the Camotes Islands

Mindanao

Dinagat Island

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The PCG has also suspended all sea travel to and from the city of Surigao in Surigao del Norte.

The agency said travel would resume once weather and sea conditions improve.

Meanwhile, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra has issued a directive to bus operators to suspend operations with Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo) trips passing through areas placed under signal #1.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed 17 areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1.

Luzon

  • Romblon
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • and Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands

Visayas

  • Eastern Samar
  • Northern Samar
  • samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • South Leyte
  • North of Cebu including the Camotes Islands
  • Aklan
  • Capix
  • Northern Iloilo and Northern Negros Occidental

Mindanao

Pagasa said Usman was expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar on Friday, however, the weather bureau said it could intensify into a tropical storm before making landfall.

At 4 a.m., Usman was spotted 435 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gusts of up to 65 km/h. It was moving west-northwest at 20 km/h. /cbb

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