High pressure area slowing down 'Nina'


Posted at Oct 12 2012 07:43 AM | Updated as of Oct 12 2012 09:45 PM

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 5:32 a.m. , 12 October 2012. Courtesy of DOST-PAGASA.


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Typhoon "Nina" may stay inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) until Monday or Tuesday after it slowed down further, a state weather forecaster said.


Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas explained that a high pressure area over Siberia is preventing the typhoon from moving faster and finally leaving the PAR.

As of 10 a.m., Nina was located 630 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. The typhoon was moving slowly in a northward direction.

Nina was still packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gusts of up to 195 kph.

Estimated rainfall is from 10 - 25 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the typhoon's 650-km diameter.
PAGASA said the typhoon remains too far to directly affect any part of the country. Nina is expected to be 650 kms east of Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday morning.

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are still advised not to venture out into the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Luzon and Visayas due to big waves.

The Cordillera Administrative Region, Mindoro, Palawan, Cavite, Batangas, Bicol region, Visayas, Zambaonga Peninsula and northern Mindanao will be cloudy with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with brief rains and thunderstorms.