Coast Guard OKs sea travel from Cebu as ‘Auring’ weakens into LPA

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu Station has allowed vessels in Cebu to set sail as of 10:30 a.m. Monday after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) lifted storm warning signal no. 1 in Cebu and other areas due to the weakening of tropical cyclone 'Auring' into a low pressure area (LPA).

However, Commander Dionlett Ampil, PCG Cebu Station commander, said they still did not allow vessels bound for Samar and Leyte because of gale warning.

A total of 23 vessels in the Cebu port were not allowed to sail since Sunday morning after PAGASA raised a storm signal over Cebu and in other areas.

As a result, hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Cebu port.

Tropical cyclone 'Auring' has since then weakened into an LPA at 10:30 a.m on Monday.

Vhan Singson, weather specialist of PAGASA-Mactan said signal number one in all areas has been lifted.

Singson said Auring weakened to an LPA after it made landfall four times, in Siargao Island, Dinagat Island, Southern Leyte and Bohol.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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