By MB Online
After intensifying into a typhoon, Nina continues to strengthen and even slows down, forcing the country’s weather agency to place more areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal #1.
Spotted over 480 km east of Virac, Catanduanes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nina is expected to intensify further before making landfall over Catanduanes on Sunday afternoon or evening (December 25).
Bringing moderate to heavy rains within its 400-kilometer diameter, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has placed 10 areas under signal #1. There are: (Luzon) southern Quezon, Camarines Norte, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Island, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, (Visayas) Northern Samar, Samar, and Eastern Samar
PAGASA noted northern Quezon including Polillo Island, Marinduque and Romblom may also be placed under TCWS # 1.
Typhoon Nina has maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kph and gusts reaching up to 185 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kph.
The cyclone is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, December 28.