MANILA — Two more provinces have been placed under tropical cyclone warning signal No. 2, as typhoon Nina barrels toward the Bicol region, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its 8 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Camarines Sur and Masbate, including Ticao and Burias islands, are now under the typhoon category.
In the late afternoon, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Northern Samar were designated signal No. 2.
Signal No. 2 packs wind speeds between 61 kph to 120 kph. In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to exposed communities and high-risk structures.
Meanwhile, the following areas have been placed under signal 1:
- Metro Manila
- Quezon including Polillo Island
- Camarines Norte
- Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- Oriental Mindoro
- Eastern Samar
- Bantayan Island
PAGASA said Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija may be placed under signal No. 1 in its next bulletin at 11 p.m..
The weather bureau said Nina maintained its strength as it moves toward the Bicol region. As of 7 p.m., it was packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gusts of 215 kph.
The typhoon’s eye was also spotted 355 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes. It also maintained its west-northwest movement at 15 kph.
PAGASA said at its current speed and direction, Nina will hit Catanduanes by Sunday afternoon or evening.
The typhoon is also expected to spawn storm surges as high as 2.5 meters over the coastal areas of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. Open sea waves, meanwhile, are expected to reach as high as 14 meters.