Severe tropical storm “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) early on Friday. The weather disturbance was spotted still above waters and is estimated to make a landfall on Christmas Day, the state weather bureau said.

Severe tropical storm ‘Nina’

In its 5 am bulletin issued on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated “Nina” at 960 kilometers (km) East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar moving west-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (kph). The severe tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kph and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

“Nina” is projected to make landfall in the Bicol-Samar area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, bringing rains in most parts of the country. Affected residents are warned to experience a heavy downpour.

PAGASA weather forecast

PAGASA said the Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains is supposed to prevail over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley.  Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms were forecast over Metro Manila and the rest of the country. The weather bureau noted the northeast monsoon or amihan is still affecting the northern part of Luzon.

Rough coastal waters

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) earlier said that it might not allow some vessels to sail on Christmas Day if PAGASA raises storm signals in some area because of “Nina.” The PCG disclosed it will depend on where PAGASA will cast the public storm warning signals, advising passengers of the possibility that they might get stuck at the sea ports on Sunday.

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Tropical Storm Nina is expected to hit, among other areas, Matnog in Sorsogon, Allen in Samar and the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Batangas and Mindoro. Preparations are now being taken, particularly in Albay where residents are bracing for a worst-case scenario after the typhoon models indicate that the storm would hit Bicol.

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