TYPHOON ‘NONA’ MAINTAINS STRENGTH BUT SLOWS DOWN TO 11 KPH; EXPECTED TO EXIT LANDMASS TUESDAY NIGHT

TYPHOON ‘NONA’ MAINTAINS STRENGTH BUT SLOWS DOWN TO 11 KPH; EXPECTED TO EXIT LANDMASS TUESDAY NIGHT

Typhoon ‘Nona’ maintains strength but slows down to 11 kph; expected to exit landmass Tuesday night

MANILA — Typhoon “Nona” has maintained its strength but slowed down as it crossed northern Mindoro Tuesday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, PAGASA said the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data, including from Tagaytay Doppler Radar, over Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro (13.2°N, 120.8°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

Typhoon “Nona” continues to move westward but has decelerated from 15 kph to 11 kph.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio explained the slow movement of the typhoon was because of its interaction in landmass after making five successive landfalls.

If it maintains its speed and movement, typhoon “Nona” is expected to exit the Luzon landmass then traverse the West Philippine Sea tonight.

Aurelio said the tropical cyclone is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday.

Meanwhile, public storm warning signal (PSWS) No. 3 (121-170 winds kph expected in 18 hours) is raised over the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island.

PSWS No. 2 (61-120 kph winds expected in 24 hours) is raised over the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Marinduque and Romblon and Calamian group of Islands.

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in 36 hours) is hoisted over Metro Manila, as well as southern Zambales, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon and northern Palawan, including Cuyo Island, and Antique.

Storm signals elsewhere have been lifted.

Flash floods and landslides are expected in the areas under signals # 2 and 3, while storm surges of up to three meters are possible

The estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 250-km diameter of the typhoon.

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

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

For the next 24-hour forecast, stormy weather will be experienced over the Mindoro provinces, Batangas, Cavite, Marinduque, Romblon and the islands of Calamian with rough to very rough seas.

Rains with gusty winds are expected over Metro Manila, Bataan, southern Zambales, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Antique and northern Palawan, including Cuyo Island.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the southwest to southeast over the Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA