'Bagyong Nina' maintains strength; Signal No. 1 up in 4 areas

MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Nina' (international name: Nock-ten) has maintained its strength and continues to move in a west northwest direction, weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 p.m. update on Friday, December 23, 2016.

At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm "Nina" was estimated based on all available data at 700 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (12.2°N, 131.8°E).

'Nina' has maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph expected in 36 hours) was raised over the areas of Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy rains within its 400 km diameter of the severe tropical storm.

Wave height at open sea is expected within 1.25-4.0 meters.

'Bagyong Nina' is expected to intensify further before making landfall over Catanduanes by Sunday (December 25) afternoon or evening.

Forecast Positions:

  • 24 Hour( Tomorrow afternoon): 270 km Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (13.2°N, 127.3ºE)
  • 48 Hour(Sunday afternoon):65 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanse (13.9ºN, 124.7ºE)
  • 72 Hour (Monday afternoon): In the vicinity of Silang, Cavite (14.2ºN, 121.0ºE)
  • 96 Hour(Tuesday afternoon): 220 km West Northwest of Iba, Zambales (15.8ºN,118.0ºE)
  • 120 Hour(Wednesday afternoon):480 km North of Pagasa Island, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR) (15.2ºN, 114.9ºE)

Severe Tropical Storm Nina

Sea travel is risky over the Seaboards of Northern Luzon, PAGASA said.

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