MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) maintained its strength on Monday morning, December 14, ahead of its expected landfall in Sorsogon in the evening.
In its bulletin issued 5:20 am on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Typhoon Nona was last spotted 205 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar. It is moving west at a slightly slower 17 kilometers per hour (km/h).
Nona still has maximum winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h.
Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 300-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.
Storm warning signals are now raised over more areas in the typhoon’s path.
- Camarines Sur
- Albay including Ticao Island
- Northern Samar
- Eastern Samar
- Masbate including Burias Island
- Camarines Norte
- southern Quezon
- Metro Manila
- Oriental Mindoro
- Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
- Southern Leyte
- northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- northern Negros Occidental
PAGASA warned of flash floods, landslides, and storm surges up to 4 meters high in areas under signals #2 and #3.
Before Nona makes landfall in Sorsogon on Monday night, it will first pass very close to Northern Samar early afternoon.
It will cross Albay after hitting land, and head for Burias Island.
The typhoon is expected to stay in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) until Friday, December 18.
Earlier, the government advised the public to stay on alert and continue monitoring weather advisories. – Rappler.com