Update at 1.43pm: Authorities shut down 12 airports Friday as Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan), one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, made landfall in five areas in the Visayas.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Operations and Rescue Coordination Center (CAAP-ORCC) announced on Twitter that several provincial airports have cancelled operations due to inclement weather.
As of posting time, the following airports were closed:
-Busuanga (Coron), Palawan Airport-Masbate Airport-Romblon Flight Service-Iloilo Airport-Legazpi Airport Tower-Caticlan (Boracay) Airport-Surigao Airport-Tacloban Airport-Roxas Airport-Kalibo Airport-Dumaguete Airport-Bohol Airport
Over 3,000 stranded in various ports-PCG
Update at 10am: Over 3,000 people have been stranded in various ports in the country due to Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the Philippine Coast Guard said Friday.
As of 1 pm, a total of 3,093 passengers were stranded based on reports from the PCG in Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Southern Tagalog and Bicol.
Also, 155 vessels and 13 motor bancas were barred from leaving ports due to rough seas and high waves.