12 areas under Signal No. 1 as 'Bagyong Nona' nears Samar-Bicol

MANILA, Philippines - State weather bureau announced that Tropical storm Nona (international name: Melor) continues to gain strength as it heads towards Samar-Bicol area based on 11:00am bulletin today, December 13, 2015.

12 areas under Signal No. 1 as 'Bagyong Nona' nears Samar-Bicol

PAGASA raised public storm warning signal No. 1 (30-60kph expected in 36 hrs.) in 12 areas including Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte,Dinagat province.

READ: Typhoon Nona PAGASA Latest Weather Update December 13-14, 2015

The weather bureau said that it is possible to raise PSWS #1 also over Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon tonight.

Impacts of the wind:
  • Very light or no damage to low risk structures,
  • Light damage to medium to high risk structures
  • Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged
  • Twigs of small trees may be broken.
  • Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

At 10:00 AM today, the center of 'Bagyong Nona' was estimated based on all available data at 565 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.1°N, 129.8°E).

The several tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 140 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 hour (Tomorrow morning): 140 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar
  • 48 hour (Tuesday morning): 65 km North of Romblon, Romblon or at 150 km East Southeast of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
  • 72 hour (Wednesday morning): 140 km West Northwest of Calapan City
  • 96 hour (Thursday morning): 340 km West Southwest of Calapan City
  • 120 hour (Friday morning): 405 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin.

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