Gale warning still up in Bohol; some sea trips cancelled

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Gale warning still up in Bohol; some sea trips cancelled

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A gale warning remained hoisted over the province of Bohol and the rest of Central Visayas on Wednesday morning as Hanna which intensified into a typhoon continued to enhance the southwest monsoon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued the gale warning advisory in its 5 a.m. bulletin, said Leonard Samar of PAGASA Bohol.

With the advisory, sea crafts with a gross tonnage below 250 were barred from leaving the ports in the region.

According to Seaman 1st Class Mark Cua of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Tagbilaran Substation, trips from Tagbilaran City bound for Dumaguete City and Larena were cancelled due to rough seas.

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Cebu-bound vessels of Ocean Jet meanwhile have resumed normal operations as the shipping firm’s fastcrafts are above 250 gross tons. Ship captains may decide to ground their vessels if they deem it unsafe to travel, but none have so far announced that they will be suspending their trips.

However, there have been reported delays in the departure and arrival of the vessels due to the unfavorable weather conditions.

Other areas under a gale warning are the following, Quezon including Polillo Island, Camarines, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Burias, Ticao Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. (ad)

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