'Nina' intensifies into typhoon; 8 areas under warning signal

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2016 07:44 AM | Updated as of Dec 24 2016 12:38 PM

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;
  • Albay;
  • Catanduanes;
  • Sorsogon;
  • 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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