‘Nina’ intensifies but slows down heading west northwest

MANILA — Typhoon Nina has intensified further but slightly slowed down at 15 kph as it headed west northwest, the state weather bureau PAGASA said on Saturday.

‘Nina’ was last eyed at 480 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400-km. diameter of the typhoon.

PAGASA earlier cited that ‘Nina’ is expected to intensify further before making landfall over Catanduanes on Christmas day, either in the afternoon or in the evening.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of central and southern Luzon, and Visayas, PAGASA noted.

Meanwhile, southern Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate, including Ticao and Burias islands, and Samar are currently under tropical cyclone signal warning no. 1. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA-northboundasia.com