Stronger, slower 'Nina' to hit Catanduanes; storm warnings in 12 areas


Posted at Dec 24 2016 12:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2016 12:37 PM

Typhoon 'Nina' has intensified further, but slightly slowed down as it continues to move in a west northwest direction, state weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday.

In its 11:00a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Nina is expected to make landfall over Catanduanes-Camarines area by Sunday evening, December 25.

Typhoon Cyclone Warning Signal #1 is currently raised in the areas of Southern Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao, Burias Island, Northern Samar, Samar, and Eastern Samar.

It may also be raised over Northern Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon in the next 12 hours.

PAGASA said stormy weather may be expected over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, and over the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Marinduque, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, and Northern Samar on Sunday, Christmas Day.

Residents in the said areas may experience moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, and strong winds which may topple different structures, trees.

There may also be storm surges of up to 2 meters over coastal areas of Quezon-Bicol Region, Samar, and other coastal areas along its path, according to PAGASA.

The weather bureau said sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and of Visayas due to the surge of Northeast Monsoon and 'Nina.'

Forecaster Benison Estareja said 'Nina' would be closest to Metro Manila on Monday, around noon, but rains and strong winds will be felt in the morning.

He added, based on their latest forecast, 'Nina' would intensify further, but may possibly slightly weaken once it hits Bicol.

'Nina' is expected to exit PAR by Wednesday, December 28.

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