MANILA — Typhoon “Nona” maintained its strength as it made its second landfall in the province of Sorsogon on Monday afternoon while continuing to move westward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Weather forecaster Robert Badrina told the Philippines News Agency that the typhoon hit land for the second time in Bulusan, Sorsogon at around 4 p.m.
Badrina said that as of 5 p.m., the eye of typhoon “Nona” was located over Irosin, Sorsogon (12.7°N, 124.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.
He also said the typhoon continues to move westward at 17 kph, and maintaining its speed and movement, is expected to make another landfall in Burias Island on Monday night, then crosses Mindoro.
Badrina added that “Nona” is expected to weaken into a tropical storm category on Tuesday due to interaction in landmass and also with the presence of cold winds from the northeast monsoon.
Badrina advised the people in Metro Manila that the effect of typhoon “Nona” would be experienced by Tuesday which may necessitate raising public storm warning signal (PSWS) No. 2 in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Meanwhile, PSWS No. 3 (121-170 kph winds expected in 18 hours) is raised over the provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Southern Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon in Luzon; and Northern Samar in the Visayas.
PSWS No. 2 (61-120 kph winds expected in 24 hours) is raised in the provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, rest of Quezon, including Polillo Island, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island in Luzon; Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran in the Visayas.
Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in 36 hours) is hoisted in Metro Manila, as well in the provinces of Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Southern Aurora and Coron in Luzon; Leyte, Northern Cebu, including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Antique, Northern Negros Occidental and Northern Iloilo in the Visayas.
Storm signals elsewhere have been lifted.
Flash floods and landslides are expected in the areas under PSWS # 2 and #3, while storm surges of up to four meters are possible.
The estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 400-km diameter of the typhoon.
In the next 24-hour forecast, PAGASA said stormy weather will be experienced over the Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Samar provinces, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon and the island of Lubang and Biliran with rough to very rough seas.
Rains with gusty winds are expected over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Bataan, Coron, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Antique, Northern Iloilo, Northern Negros Occidental, Leyte, Northern Cebu, including Camotes and Bantayan island.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao while light rains are expected over Batanes and the islands of Calayan and Babuyan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon.
PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to north will prevail over Luzon, the Visayas and 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.
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 expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and the province of Zambales.
“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. Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA