Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia chaired an emergency meeting for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) this afternoon to ask for updates on Typhoon Pablo which is expected to hit mostly southern towns this evening.
In attendance were representatives from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Coast Guard, Provincial police officials and the Capitol’s Engineering and Social Welfare officers.
Pagasa Mactan analyst Oscar Tabada said Cebu city already experienced at least 65 kph of gustiness this morning while stronger winds are expected tonight.
He also said the typhoon’s direction changed as it is spotted moving away from the province while its strength slightly weakened overnight.
Governor Garcia said she was happy with the developments. No major damages were recorded in Cebu’s infrastructure so far while preventive evacuation was carried out in some coastal barangays in the southern towns like Argao.
Tabada said the southern part of Cebu which runs from Talisay City to the farthest Santander town in the south as part of Signal No. 3. Cebu City and the rest of the northern towns and cities were declared Signal No. 2.
Tabada said the typhoon is expected to pass through Cebu at 6 to 8pm tonight. Governor Garcia declared the suspension of all classes in all levels in all component towns and cities in Cebu.
Commander Rolando Punzalan, Philippine Coast Guard Cebu Detachment chief, said there were 54 passenger and cargo seacraft that were not allowed to sail since yesterday from various ports around Cebu Island.
There were no major sea mishaps except for a motor banca that sought help off the coast of Santander town. All four passengers and crew were rescued.
Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, Cebu provincial police chief, earlier reported that the motor banca collapsed due to big waves.
Tarpaulins were rolled down at major establishments as dark clouds were spotted overhead while some gustiness was observed while a Cebu Daily News team patrolled Cebu City streets./Reporter Dale G. Israel