'Nina' maintains strength, almost stationary


Posted at Oct 13 2012 02:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 14 2012 05:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Nina” has maintained its strength and remained almost stationary over water, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

PAGASA, in its 11 a.m. bulletin, said the typhoon was last seen 735 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It was still packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gust winds of up to 170 kph.

Because the typhoon is far to affect any part of the country, no storm warning signals have been raised.

PAGASA expects Nina to be 800 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes by Sunday morning.

Weather forecasters earlier said the typhoon may stay inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility either late Monday or early Tuesday because of its slow movement.