‘Nina’ maintains strength but won't affect Philippines-A A +A
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MANILA -- Typhoon Storm “Nina” (Prapiroon) on Wednesday maintains its strength and moves slowly in a west northwest direction, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Nina has maintained its wind strength of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and its gustiness of up to 150 kph.
However, Aurelio said that no storm warning signal has been raised since the typhoon remains too far to directly affect any part of the country.
Aurelio added that some portions of Luzon including Metro Manila, Western Visayas and Northern Mindnao are expected to have occasional light to moderate rains due to localized thunderstorms.
He said that Nina was not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country but the weather agency continues to monitor.
As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, typhoon Nina was spotted at 910 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (18.2°N, 131.4°E). It was moving west northwest at 7 kph.
With this speed, Aurelio said it is likely that Nina will exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) either Saturday or Sunday towards Japan.
In its advisory, Pagasa said that Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga region will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.
Pagasa said that the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the North to Northwest will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and coming from the Northwest to West over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.
The weather agency also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the Eastern seaboard of Luzon and of Visayas.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. (PNA)