CAGAYAN – Several passengers who were supposed to travel to Calayan and Fuga island were stranded at the Claveria Port as typhoon Kiko’s wrath led to the cancellation of the trip.
“Akala namin makakaalis kami, pero hindi na rin pala at kami nga ay natipon sa port dulot na rin ng masamang panahon dito sa Cagayan (All along we thought we would be able to leave, but that was not the case that’s why we’re here stranded at the port due to the bad weather here in Cagayan), “ a passenger said.
Provincial Administrator Darwin Sacramed told local reporters that relief goods are now being prepared to be distributed to those stranded in the town of Claveria.
Meanwhile, 48 families, including 124 individuals from five towns in Cagayan province, were evacuated due to the threat of the typhoon.
The liquor ban has also been implemented in the Island of Calayan.
Residents of the Island, particularly in Camiguin and Babuyan Claro, have been notified as these are the areas that will be hit by the typhoon based on the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Typhoon “Kiko” has maintained its strength while heading towards Babuyan Islands, PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. bulletin on Friday, Sept. 10.
PAGASA said the typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 265 kph while moving northwest at 20 kph.
As of Friday evening, tropical cyclone wind signal number 4 has been hoisted over Batanes and northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands.
Signal No. 3 was also raised over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan and the rest of Babuyan Islands, while Signal No. 2 was up in the northern, central, and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, northeastern portion of Isabela, and northern portion of Apayao.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 was in effect in the rest of mainland Cagayan, northern portion of Ilocos Norte, the rest of Apayao, northern portion of Kalinga, eastern portion of Mountain Province, northeastern portion of Abra, and northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela.
The center of the eye of the typhoon was located 135 kilometers east-southeast of Calayan, Cagayan at around 10 p.m.
“Between tonight (Sept. 10) and tomorrow evening (Sept. 11), typhoon Kiko will move northwestward or north-northwestward over the coastal waters of northeastern mainland Cagayan, Babuyan Islands, and Batanes,” PAGASA said.