MANILA, Philippines -- More than 4,000 passengers were stranded in various ports across the country due to typhoon "Pablo," the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday.
The PCG said the total number of stranded passengers rose from 3,733 this morning to 4,194 this afternoon.
Passengers whose trips were cancelled were stranded in ports in the following areas:
Southern Tagalog - 2, 052
Central Visayas - 803
Southern and Western Mindanao - 670
Northern Mindanao - 481
Palawan - 152
Central Luzon - 70
Metro Manila - 70
Western Visayas - 36
Meanwhile, 498 rolling cargoes, 87 vessels and 48 motorboats were barred from sailing due to rough sea conditions.
Although typhoon Pablo has already weakened, PCG said fishing boats and other sea vessels are still advised not to sail in areas placed under storm signals.
Pablo is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday evening. -- Report from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM