‘NONA’ MAY HIT LAND TONIGHT; NCR, 33 OTHER AREAS NOW UNDER WARNING SIGNAL

‘NONA’ MAY HIT LAND TONIGHT; NCR, 33 OTHER AREAS NOW UNDER WARNING SIGNAL

MANILA — At least 34 areas including Metro Manila are now under public storm warning signal as typhoon “Nona” has maintained its strength as it continues to threaten Samar-Sorsogon area, according Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m. Monday, Nona was located 205 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.5E, 126.5E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecast to move west at 17 kph.

If it maintains its speed and movement, the typhoon is expected to pass very close to Northern Samar early afternoon today and will make landfall over Sorsogon early tonight then cross Albay Province towards Burias Island.

Public storm warning signal (PSWS) no. 3 (121-170 kph, expected in 18 hours) is raised over the provinces of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay including Ticao Island in Luzon; Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran and Samar in Visayas.

Public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-120 kph, expected in 24 hours) has been raised in the provinces of Masbate including Burias Island, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon, southern Quezon in Luzon, and Leyte in Visayas.

Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph, expected in 36 hours) is hoisted in Metro Manila, as well as in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, rest of Quezon including Polillo Island in Luzon; Southern Leyte, northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Negros Occidental in Visayas; and Dinagat province and Siargao island in Mindanao.

Flash floods and landslides is expected over areas under signals 2 and 3.

The estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 300-km diameter of the typhoon.

The state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the effects of Nona as the sea condition would be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned

For Monday forecast, stormy weather will be experienced over Samar provinces, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Masbate, Romblon, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, southern Quezon and the islands of Ticao, Biliran and Burias with rough to very rough seas.

Rains with gusty winds is expected over over Metro Manila, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, Northern Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Dinagat and the islands of Batayan, Camotes, Lubang, Polillo and Siargao.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of Visayas and Mindanao while light rains is expected over Cagayan Valley. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will be experienced over the rest of Luzon.

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon while from the northeast to north over Eastern Mindanao. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northwest to west with slight to moderate seas. PNA