All ferry trips from Bohol bound for Cebu have been cancelled due to Tropical Storm Urduja, said the Philiipine Coast Guard (PCG).
According to Seaman 2nd Class Nick Gonzales of PCG Tagbilaran, Cebu-bound sea trips were suspended as Storm Signal Number 1 was again raised over the northern region of Bohol as of 8 a.m. today.
All Bohol-bound vessels in Cebu have been grounded as well after the entire province of Cebu was placed under Storm Signal Number 1.
However, normal scheduling for trips from Bohol going to the cities of Dumaguete and Cagayan de Oro remained in place as the routes were unaffected by the storm.
For his part, Bong Erojo of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Tagbilaran said that outbound and inbound flights at the Tagbilaran City Airport have not been cancelled.
The Philippine Airlines flight from Incheon, South Korea safely landed at the Tagbilaran airport early Saturday while other flights are expected to arrive and leave as scheduled today, said Erojo.
Meanwhile, the storm’s eye was located 125 km east northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar as of 7 a.m. today, said PAGASA in its latest weather bulletin.
Urduja slightly intensified overnight as it now has maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center, from the previous 75 kph, with gustiness of up to 95 kph.
It is forecast to move west at a slightly faster 10 kph.
Storm Signal Number 1 was raised over northern Bohol early Friday but was lifted later in the day as the storm was barely moving at 5 kph, 205 km east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. (R. Tutas)