Typhoon Noul, locally known as Typhoon “Dodong”, has had a limited effect on shipping in the Philippines despite being one of the stronger storms to affect the Southeast Asian country this year.
The storm touched the top of the northern Philippine island Luzon on 10 May, but by 11 May, it was already moving away.
The typhoon made landfall several hundred kilometres north and east of Manila, which is also the country’s principal port.
There was some disruption though to smaller ports on Luzon’s north and east coasts, including Bapor, Bulan, Matnog, Pasacao, Patnanungan, Pilar, Pioduran, Polillo, Real, Tabaco, and Virac.
Approximately 5,906 passengers, nine vessels, nine motor boats, and 491 rolling cargoes are stranded in various ports, the Weather Channel reported citing the Philippine Coast Guard as its source.
Fishing vessels were advised “not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of northern and central Luzon” by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in their 11:00 h bulletin.
“Typhoon Dodong has slightly accelerated and maintained its strength as it crossed the Batanes group of islands.”
The typhoon was 65 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes, the council added, giving its co-ordinates at 21 degrees north and 122.2 degrees east.
Typhoon Dodong is forecast to move north, northeast towards Japan at the rate of 20 km/h, the council added.