MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Prapiroon) is likely to change course and head towards Japan, a state weather forecaster said on Wednesday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Gener Quitlong said the typhoon slowed down, causing it to change course.
"Base sa experience, kapag bumabagal ang bagyo, magbabago ito ng direksyon. Base sa analysis natin, maliit ang chance na ito ay dumaan sa kalupaan [ng Pilipinas]. Ito ay dadaan malapit sa Japan," Quitlong told radio dzMM.
PAGASA said Nina was located 860 kilometers east of Cagayan as of 10 a.m., and was moving west-northwest at 7 kilometers per hour (kph).
The typhoon was still packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.
No storm warning signal has been raised so far since Nina's center remains too far from land. Estimated rainfall is 10 – 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the typhoon's 600-km diameter.
Quitlong said the typhoon's outer clouds are bringing occasional light to moderate rains over Metro Manila, central Luzon, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao and CARAGA.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Luzon and Visayas due to big waves.
Quitlong said with Nina's current speed and direction, it is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.