Tropical storm 'Pablo' threatens Philippines
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) today raised signal no. 1 in the islands of samar and Leyte on eastern Visayas due to the impending bad weather brought about by tropical storm "Pablo".
As of 10am, Tuesday, the storm center was eyed at 140 kilometers East Southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Pablo has a maximum sustained winds of 65kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph.
According to Inquirer.net, more than 1,300 passengers were stranded in Matnog town in Sorsogon after port authorities suspended all ferry trips to Allen port in samar.
Pablos is expected to sideswipe if not directly affect Metro Manila, bringing about rains in the region, on late Thursday.
Update: Signal No. 2 has been hoisted over Metro Manila and provinces in Southern Luzon and the Visayas.
Marking the end of Ramadan, today, Wednesday, has been declared a public holiday, helping the citizenry avoid getting stranded on flooded streets and stuck in traffic for hours as with normal occurence during heavy rainfall.