TAGBILARAN CITY – Tropical Storm Seniang yesterday evening battered southern part of Bohol, including this city, as announced by state-run weather bureau. But there was no casualty nor any damage reported yet as of this writing last night. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) said “Seniang” is stronger with “packed winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour gusting up to 80 kph, could churn up waves of up to five meters high.”
Pagasa said with an estimated heavy to intense rainfall of 15 to 30 millimeters per hour within its area of circulation, which had a diameter of 300 km, “Seniang” was expected to bring floods to the low-lying areas of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental in the Visayas; and Dinagat Province, Compostela Valley, northern part of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte.”
It is expected to be some 100 kms. northwest of Cagayan de Oro City by Tuesday and 170 kms. from Dipolog City the next day moving towards Palawan, PAG-ASA said. Downpour in this city and neighboring towns the whole day yesterday became incessant with gusty winds hours before “Seniang” hit this city. Reports said that Gov. Edgar Chatto convene an emergency meeting with the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) for preparedness and response for any eventuality.
In the Visayas, public storm warning signal no. 2 was raised over Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental, and the southern part of Negros Occidental, the report said. The provinces of Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and Dinagat Province are also put under the same signal.
The provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Rest of Cebu, rest of Negros Occidental, Guimaras, southern part of Iloilo, southern part of Antique, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Agusan del Sur were placed under storm signal number one, the report added.
Meanwhile, Gerry Araneta, Jagna town disaster risk reduction action officer, bared that the municipal government ordered the start of evacuation of residents living in coastal areas yesterday past five in the afternoon.
But he has not given how many would-be internally displaced persons (IDPs) were evacuated to safer grounds. The evacuation was apparently done to avert what was occurred during the onslaught of typhoon “Queenie.” Jagna town is one of the most devastated in “Queenie’s” wrath when scores of death and destruction of properties and fishing boats were reported.
As this developed, Tropical storm “Seniang” has sent Philippine Airlines flight headed here yesterday at about 4 PM back to Manila for visibility problem when it was about to land at city airport, DyTR reported. Radio reporter Dave Responte of said radio station, said in an interview by anchor Cesar Capangpangan that he was one of the passengers of the said PAL flight that had to fly back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for safety.