Aug 102013
As Tropical Storm Labuyo (Utor) moved close to Bicol, civil defense officials in the region went on red alert and started moves to recall the fishermen who are now at sea.

Office of Civil Defense Region 5 head Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV said they had been on red alert since 10 a.m. Saturday.

“Gusto namin ma-recall lahat na local fishermen na lumabas,” he said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said this aims to minimize the chances of fishermen drowning after getting caught in bad weather conditions.

Alejandro said they are advising the fishermen in the region not to go out to sea until Tropical Storm Labuyo has moved away.

“Huwag na lumabas hanggang lumampas ang bagyo (Don’t go out to sea until Labuyo has moved away to a safe distance),” he said.

Earlier, state weather forecasters said five areas in Luzon are under Storm Signal No. 1 as Labuyo intensified.

PAGASA said Labuyo packed maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph, and was moving west-northwest at 19 kph.

Under Storm Signal No. 1 are Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino and Catanduanes. — LBG, GMA News

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