Nyatoh, which intensified into a typhoon at 2 am on Thursday, December 2, is no longer expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Even though Typhoon Nyatoh will remain outside PAR, however, its trough or extension could still bring scattered rain and thunderstorms to Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao on Thursday.
The rain will generally be light to moderate, but it could become heavy at times.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said shortly before noontime on Thursday that Typhoon Nyatoh was last spotted 1,450 kilometers east of Central Luzon.
The typhoon was heading north at a slow pace of 10 kilometers per hour (km/h).
PAGASA said Nyatoh is projected to begin moving northeast on Thursday night, a direction it is likely to maintain until Saturday, December 4.
The typhoon continued to intensify on Thursday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It will strengthen further in the next 24 hours, according to the weather bureau, and may reach a peak intensity of 140 km/h on Thursday night or Friday morning, December 3.
But “this intensification will likely be short-lived as an increase of wind shear and the intrusion of cooler, drier air will lead to rapid weakening beginning Saturday,” said PAGASA.
Nyatoh is seen to eventually “degenerate into a remnant extratropical low” late Sunday, December 5, or early Monday, December 6.
The Philippines has had 14 tropical cyclones in 2021. The yearly average is 20. – Rappler.com