MANILA - Eight areas were placed under warning signal number 1 early Saturday morning as Nina intensified into a typhoon, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.
The areas placed under the warning signal were:
- Camarines Norte;
- Camarines Sur;
- Masbate including Ticao, Burias Islands;
- Northern Samar; and
- Eastern Samar.
In its 6 a.m. weather advisory, PAGASA said Nina was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 135 kilometers per hour (KPH) with gusts of 165 kph.
The storm was spotted 475 kilometers east-northeast of Guian, Eastern Samar as of 5 a.m.
It was moving west-northwest at 17 kph.
PAGASA said moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the storm's 400-kilometer diameter.
The state weather bureau warned that travel is risky over the seabords of northern Luzon. Waves are expected to go as high as 4 meters.
PAGASA said the typhoon is expected to intensify further before it makes landfall in Catanduanes on Christmas Day.
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