'Nina' maintains strength, heads towards Luzon


Posted at Oct 09 2012 12:24 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 06:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Typhoon "Nina" has maintained its strength as it moved closer to the Philippines, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Nina was still packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

The typhoon was located 1,015 kms east of Cagayan as of 10 a.m. It was moving west at 11 kph.

Estimated rainfall is 10 - 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the typhoon's 600-km diameter.

No storm warning signal has been raised so far, as the typhoon remains too far to affect any part of the country.

Nevertheless, fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to big waves.

PAGASA said Nina is forecast to be 770 kms east of Aparri, Cagayan on Wednesday morning.