Manila: A number of domestic and international flights were cancelled as Tropical Storm Nalgea (local code: "Paeng") gained strength and dumped heavy rains, threatening several of the Philippines' eastern provinces.
Local media quoted emergency workers as saying that at least 31 people had been killed following heavy downpour brought by the approaching tropical storm on Friday.
The following flights are canceled due to bad weather at the destination as of Friday (October 28, 2022):
• DG 6177/6178 Manila-Masbate-Manila
• DG 6179/6180 Manila-Masbate-Manila
• DG 6111/6112 Manila-Naga-Manila
Cebu Pacific (5J)
• 5J 703/704 Manila-Dipolog-Manila
Nalgae, spotted east of Eastern Visayas, turned from a tropical depression into a storm on Thursday.
Weathermen tracking its route predict a west-ward trajectory from the Pacific, sweeping through the eastern islands. At 2pm today (local time, October 28), Nalgea was spotted over Sorsogon City, moving northwest. It will be over Camarines Sur province by 2am on Saturday (October 29).
Bad weather also led to 19 flights being cancelled in affected areas on Thursday (October 27), according to the airline, and one flight on Wednesday (October 26).
Flight cancellations and class suspensions were announced in Cebu on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, as heavy rains caused floods or risk of floods in several central Philippine provinces.
The Pagasa weather bureayu hoisted Signal No. 2 over several areas in Luzon and the Visayas as Nalgea gathered strength while moving west-northwestward.
The following Luzon areas were placed under storm Signal No. 2: Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Lagonoy, Goa, San Jose, Tigaon, Iriga City, Saglay, Buhi).
In the Visayas, Northern Samar and the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Oras, San Policarpo, Maslog, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft) were also placed under Signal No. 2.
(Updates to follow)