By Helen Castano | 04:48 PM February 19, 2021
Exhibitors of the 21st Ubi Festival have packed up after the organizers temporarily closed the exhibition site at the Old Tagbilaran Airport as severe tropical storm “Auring” is projected to pass Bohol on the weekend.
Tents were removed by the vendors on Friday as strong winds kept getting stronger at the site.
Dr. Larry Pamugas, assistant provincial agriculturist, said the temporary closure is “until further notice”.
The Ubi Festival which started on January 25 was supposed to end on February 24.
In its 10 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday that Auring was spotted 535 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph.
Four areas have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 as Tropical Storm Auring threatens the Mindanao region.
TCWS No. 1 has been raised over Davao Oriental, the eastern portion of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo), the eastern section of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Talacogon, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Santa Josefa, Trento), and Surigao del Sur.
The state weather bureau added that the storm will likely follow a generally northwestward path as it traverses Caraga region, Visayas, and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) on Sunday and Monday.