Sea travel in Iloilo may resume on Dec. 30

Sea travel in areas affected by Tropical Depression “Usman” may resume on Sunday, Dec. 30.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended fastcrafts and roll on-roll off (RORO) vessels from Iloilo to Bacolod City and vice versa on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The PCG also temporarily stopped sea trips in other areas in Western Visayas.

Storm Signal No. 1 is hoisted over Iloilo, northern part of Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, and Guimaras.

Currently, there are hundreds of passengers stranded in various ports in the region.

Lieutenant Rodolfo Dela Peña, PCG-Iloilo commanding officer, said sea travel would resume once the typhoon warning signal is lifted over the areas.

“Posibling magreresume ang ating trips by Dec. 30, pero depende pa ‘yan sa panahon,” he told IMT NEWS.

After its landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday, Dec. 28, Usman is expected to cross Leyte, Panay Island, Sulu Sea, Palawan, and the West Philippine Sea.

In a bulletin issued 11 p.m. on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Usman was last seen 330 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, moving west northwest at 10 kilometers per hour (km/h).

The tropical depression packs maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.

Usman is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm before hitting land.

It is forecast to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility either on Sunday evening, December 30, or on Monday morning, December 31.IMT