Philippine Typhoon Nina Still Far?

Typhoon “Nina” has maintained its strength but it is still too far away to directly affect any part of the country.

But the state weather bureau on Thursday warned the fishermen not to venture in seaboards of northern and eastern Luzon and the Visayas.

Weather Forecaster Chris Perez said larger sea vessels are also alerted against big waves that maybe generated by typhoon Nina.

Perez said that as of 4 a.m., the typhoon was located at 700 kilometers east of Calayan Island, Cagayan (19.2°N, 129.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

Perez said “Nina” is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country, and is forecast to move west northwest at 7 kph.

With its speed, he noted that it is likely that the typhoon will exit the Philippine territory either Sunday evening or Monday as it heads towards Japan.

In its advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the Bicol Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Visayas and Mindanao will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country.

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