Flights to Eastern Visayas cancelled, hundreds stranded as Nona landfalls

Tacloban City – Daniel Z. Romualdez airport was rendered inactive today as domestic flights were cancelled to destinations that were affected by typhoon Nona which is expected to hit Bicol this evening after making a landfall in Northern Samar on Monday morning. 

NAIA Terminal 3
Passengers bound for Tacloban City, Calbayog City and Catarman airports were left stranded at Manila International Airport after aviation authority announced that domestic carriers flying near the path of Nona cancelled flights. Bad weather condition prevailing in the area was cited as reason for flight cancellations. 

Passengers from airports in Eastern Visayas were forced to go home upon receiving the information. Some NAIA passengers were reported to take the Cebu route taking possibilities that they could ride boats ferrying to Leyte. 

However, they remained stranded as Cebu Coast Guard barred sea travel for vessels plying Leyte and Manila due to bad weather caused by Nona. Sea travel was halted by around 11 a.m. on Sunday after the state weather placed the affected areas under Storm Signal # 1. 

At least 1,538 passengers were stranded in the ports of Cebu. Many of the stranded passengers were to travel to Leyte, Southern Leyte, Ormoc City, Palompon, Hilongos and Baybay City. As of 1 p.m., Nona was eyed in the area of Catarman, Northern Samar according to weather bureau. 

Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar and Biliran were placed under Storm Signal # 3. Southern Leyte and Leyte were respectively placed under Storm Signal # 2 and # 1. 

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has not made an announcement yet as to domestic flights to typhoon-affected areas will return to normal on Tuesday. More domestic flights were cancelled later today.
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