More than 1,900 passengers and 60 vehicles stranded in Negros Occidental since Monday afternoon finally set sail for their destinationsyesterdayafter the state weather bureau lifted Storm Signal No.1 over the province, Lt. Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno , PCG-Bacolod head, said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration lifted the storm signal over the province yesterday after it downgraded “Basyang”, that started as a tropical storm late Tuesday, to a low pressure area.
Vingno said the 1,900 stranded passengers and 60 vehicles at the various ports in Negros Occidental did not constitute total number of those affected by Basyang. Those figures only cover those seen at the port, he said, pointing out that there were a lot more travellers who did not go to the seaports after learning that sea travel had been cancelled.
They sailed towards Panay and Cebu when the suspension of sea travel was lifted yesterday morning, he said.
"Basyang" weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) yesterday, but it could still redevelop into a tropical depression, PAGASA said.
In its 5p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the LPA was estimated at 220 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Classes remained suspended in several Negros Occidental towns and cities yesterday, while in Bacolod City only preschool classes were cancelled.
All classes are set to resume today.*CPG
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