LEGAZPI CITY (01-June-12/PNA) – Disaster authorities here are on heightened alert after tropical depression “Ambo” was spotted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to be moving toward Virac, Catanduanes, and Casiguran, Aurora and as Public Storm Signal number 1 was raised in Catanduanes Friday.
Landrico Dalida, PAGASA regional director, said TD Ambo would bring rains estimated from 10-15 mm per hour rains within the 500 km diameter radius of the tropical depression.
After PAGASA raised storm signal 1 in Catanduanes, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday issued a “No Sailing” advisory suspending maritime operations in the ports of Virac, San Andres in Catanduanes including Tabaco Port in Albay.
The suspension stranded 531 passengers in the ports of Tabaco (487), Virac (24), and San Andress (20), 12 cars, eight buses, 25 trucks and seven sea vessels.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol regional director Bernardo Alejandro at an emergency meeting on Friday directed all disaster agencies to be on stand-by alert and be prepared to preposition vehicles, foods, medicines in case the weather worsens. (PNA)