'Nina' to exit Philippines

MANILA -- Tropical Storm "Nina's" northwest movement accelerated Wednesday and is expected to exit the country by Thursday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa weather forecaster Bernie De Leon said the high pressure area (HPA) near Taiwan continues to recede as Nina’s northwest movement accelerates from 5 km per hour to 7 kph.

“Nagrerecede na yung HPA na nagsisilbing harang kaya hindi makausad itong si Nina but once the HPA fades away, Nina is expected to accelerate towards Japan,” De Leon said.

Nina has weakened further and had been downgraded Tuesday to a storm category from a typhoon, as De Leon reiterated that the vertical wind shear or winds from different directions that blow into the country continue to affect the circulation of the storm, thus reducing its intensity.

As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, the storm was spotted at 610 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (22.7ºN, 128.3ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph.

Pagasa said Nina is hovering over the eastern side of the Philippine Sea for 10 days now since it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Monday last week.

However, the weather agency said the storm will continue to have no direct effect over the country.

Meanwhile, De Leon said fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon, specifically in Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora due to big waves generated by storm Nina.

Aside from possible brief rain showers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms, De Leon said the whole country is expected to have good weather condition in the next 24 to 48 hours.

In its advisory, Pagasa said the whole country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be with moderate to rough.

Light to moderate winds coming from the northwest to west will prevail over Southern Luzon and Visayas and coming from the south to southwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)


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