By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Sea trips in Negros Occidental were halted yesterday after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed the province under Signal No.1 due to Tropical Depression “Vicky.”
Based on a weather bulletin issued by PAGASA as of 2:00 p.m. yesterday, “Vicky” was last spotted making landfall over Baganga, Davao Oriental with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts at 60 kph.
The storm is moving west northwest at a slow speed of 15 kph. Present forecast track predicts that the storm will likely hit the southern portion of Negros island early this morning and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday evening.
Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental chief, Commander Ludovico Librilla, said they didn’t record any stranded passengers in any of the ports in the province yesterday.
Librilla said 30 passengers bound for Iloilo City did arrive at the Bredco port in Bacolod City, but they later returned home after they were told that it was still uncertain as to when trips could resume.
Librilla added the suspension of trips was made at around 5:30 a.m., 30 minutes after PAGASA issued a tropical cyclone warning over Negros./DGB, WDJ