‘Basyang’ to exit PAR Sunday

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression "Basyang" (Kajiki) will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday afternoon, the state weather bureau said Saturday.

As of 4 p.m., Basyang was 88 kilometers (km) southwest of Coron, Palawan, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Public storm warning signal number 1 remains in northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro.

Public storm warning signals in Visayas and Mindanao have been lowered.

Pagasa said the tropical depression was packing maximum winds of up 55 kilometers per hour (kph). It was moving westward at 30 kph.

Basyang, which intensified into a tropical storm Friday, made a total of eight landfalls in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. It weakened into a tropical depression status on Saturday, the bureau said.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the volume of stranded passengers in several ports across the country has reduced to 7,464 from 9,023.

The stranded passengers are in the ports of Manila (3,032), Batangas (777), Mamburao (98), Calapan (800), Romblon (502), Masbate (15), Cebu (103), Dumaguete (659), Maasin (441), Iloilo (160), Bacolod (312), Caticlan (492), Surigao (135), Ozamis (15), Butuan (47), Cagayan de Oro (211), and Dapitan (76).

The Coast Guard has also suspended all tourism-related activities in sea remain suspended, including the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) boat tour and island-hopping activities in the province, particularly in Coron and El Nido.

Meanwhile, Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air on Saturday canceled 32 of its domestic flights due to the stormy weather brought by Basyang.

(Photo Courtesy: DOST-Pagasa)

Basyang is predicted to exit PAR Sunday afternoon, Pagasa said.

Estimated rainfall amount is 5 to 10 millimeter per hour (moderate to heavy) within 300 km diameter of the tropical depression.

Pagasa added that fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Luzon and southern seaboard of Southern Luzon due to the surge of Northeast Monsoon. (Sunnex)

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