‘Agaton’ maintains strength, track

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pagasa said Agaton is packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and is estimated to move south southwest at 5 kph.

Agaton is expected to be at 145 km southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur tomorrow morning (January 20) and at 87 km southeast of Davao City by Tuesday morning. By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be at 190 km southwest of Davao City or at 75 km West of General Santos City.

Pagasa said moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms is expected over the Visayas islands.

Storm Signal No. 1 is still hoisted in the provinces of Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Compostella Valley.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, Pagasa advised.

Tropical Depression Agaton
MTSAT Enhanced-IR satellite image of Tropical Depression Agaton as of 5:32 a.m., 19 January 2014. (Source: Pagasa)

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman, Commander Armando Balilo, said a total of 9,574 passengers were stranded in the ports of Cebu, Dumaguete, Maasin, Catbalogan, Masbate, Sorsogon and Camarines Sur due to rough seas brought by the storm.

Meanwhile, rescuers have finally rendered assistance to the distressed passengers of M/V Our Lady of All Nations that ran aground along Danajon Bank in Bohol while supposedly on its way to Cebu Port last Thursday.

Balilo said all the 90 passengers and crew were rescued and put to safety before lunchtime of Saturday after the crew of the PCG’s 56-meter search and rescue vessel BRP-Edsa was finally able to approach the distressed vessel, which was on the shallow and rocky part of the sea.

Balilio said that they waited for the sea condition to improve during high tide before getting a chance to approach the vessel and rescue passengers. (BJA/Sunnex)

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