MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) maintained its strength late Sunday afternoon, December 25, just a few hours ahead of its expected landfall in Catanduanes around 8 pm.
In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Nina is already 65 kilometers east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It is still moving west at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 185 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h.
Below is the full list of areas under warning signals.
Signal number 4:
- Camarines Sur
Signal number 3:
- Burias Island
- Camarines Norte
- southern Quezon
Signal number 2:
- Metro Manila
- Masbate including Ticao Island
- Oriental Mindoro
- rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
- Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- Northern Samar
Signal number 1:
- Nueva Ecija
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Calamian Group of Islands
- Eastern Samar
- Bantayan Island
Moderate to heavy rain is expected within Nina’s 500-km diameter, which could bring floods and landslides. Strong winds may damage medium- to high-risk structures, uproot trees, and destroy crops, added PAGASA.
The state weather bureau also warned that storm surges up to 2.5 meters high are possible in coastal areas in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes. Sea travel is risky in the seaboards of Luzon.
After hitting land in Catanduanes on Sunday night, Nina will cross Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite.
PAGASA also said Metro Manila will feel Nina’s impact from Sunday night to Monday, December 26.
“We have lead time of 24 hours to prepare [in Metro Manila],” said PAGASA forecaster Benison Estareja in a news briefing on Sunday afternoon.
“Makakaranas na tayo ng mga bugso ng hangin [Sunday night]… bukas makakaranas na tayo ng [malakas na] pag-ulan.” (Metro Manila will begin to experience strong winds Sunday night… then on Monday we will have heavy rain.)
Nina is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, December 28.