Typhoon Nina crossing West PH Sea, may leave PAR Dec 27

Typhoon Nina crossing West PH Sea, may leave PAR Dec 27
(UPDATED) Nina (Nock-ten) could exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility as early as Tuesday night, December 27

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) maintained its course and was crossing the West Philippine Sea early Tuesday morning, December 27.

In a bulletin issued 5 am on Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Nina is already 360 kilometers west southwest of Iba, Zambales. It continues to move west northwest, away from the country, at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h). 

The typhoon has maximum winds of up to 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h.

Signal number 1 is still raised over the following areas, while the rest of the warning signals have since been lifted.

  • Lubang Island
  • Bataan
  • southern Zambales

Sea travel remains risky in the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon as the typhoon makes its way out.

Nina made landfall in the country a total of 8 times, with its first 2 landfalls happening on Christmas Day.

  • Bato, Catanduanes – 6:30 pm, Sunday, December 25
  • Sagñay, Camarines Sur – 9:30 pm, Sunday
  • San Andres, Quezon – 2 am, Monday, December 26
  • Torrijos, Marinduque – 4:30 am, Monday
  • Verde Island, Batangas – 9:15 am, Monday
  • Tingloy Island, Batangas – 10:10 am, Monday
  • Calatagan, Batangas – 11:40 am, Monday
  • Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro – 1 pm, Monday

Both Catanduanes and Camarines Sur are under a state of calamity following the onslaught of the typhoon. At least 4 fatalities have been reported in Bicol overall.

Nina also triggered power outages and disrupted transportation. Photos from netizens showed uprooted trees and debris littering the streets.

While it was a rainy Monday morning in Metro Manila, the capital was spared from destruction.

Nina is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either late Tuesday night, December 27, or early Wednesday morning, December 28.

Forecast track of Typhoon Nina as of December 26, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

– Rappler.com

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