Typhoon “Sendong”, Signal 1 For Cebu and Bantayan Island

The National Weather Service has advised that Tropical Storm “Sendong” has developed into a Typhoon. Over Mindanao, Leyte and Bohol, Typhoon Sendong will increase in strength to a Signal Number 2 Typhoon. Cebu and Bantayan Island will experience Signal Number 1 conditions for the next 36 hours.

Wind and waves around Bantayan Island today will increase as Typhoon Sendong passes lower Cebu. The outlying band of clouds carrying moisture will effect Bantayan Island with heavy rainfall at times over the next 36 hours.

It is advisable that you check the ferry schedule in Hagnaya and Santa Fe before attempting a crossing to or from Bantayan Island. Ferry service was concealed all day for Bantayan Island today, Friday, December 16, 2011. It appears highly likely that there will also be no ferry service to or from Bantayan Island tomorrow, Saturday December 17, 2011.

At 4:30 pm, a large band of rain clouds entered the Santa Fe Municipality area of Bantayan Island with strong rain, wind and minor flooding. It appears that this heavy rain will continue throughout the night and into Saturday morning.

Update: 4:00am, Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Winds have recently increased along the shorefront with rain beginning again. The National Weather Service is reporting winds of 55 mph, with gusts up to 80 mph. Seas are extremely rough with no ferry service predicted for today, to or from Bantayan Island by Island Shipping Company.

By Tomorrow, Sunday, December 18, 2011, it is likely that the wind and rains will be gone over Bantayan Island and the seas should begin to calm. By Monday conditions should be calm with normal ferry service to and from Bantayan Island resuming.

Update: 2:40 pm, Saturday December 17, 2011

Wind and waves are beginning to subside here on Bantayan Island as “Sendong” passes the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Ferry service has resumed to and from the island.

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