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Agaton leaves several travelers stranded in Eastern Visayas

Over 1,400 individuals were stranded at different ports across the country amid the onslaught of Typhoon Agaton, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Sunday.

In its Facebook post, the PCG reported that 502 were stranded in Eastern Visayas ports, 503 in the Bicol region, and 414 in northeastern Mindanao.

In Eastern Visayas, 10 vessels were still stranded as of 4 p.m. with 12 vessels taking shelter; 310 rolling cargoes were also stranded.

In the Bicol Region, two vessels were taking shelter and 437 rolling cargoes were stranded. Meanwhile, 168 rolling cargos were stranded, 57 vessels and 6 motorbancas were taking shelter in northeastern Mindanao.

As of 8 p.m., PAGASA said Typhoon Agaton maintained its strength while moving slowly westward.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 105 km/h, and a central pressure of 998 hPa. —LBG/DVM, GMA News