Weakened typhoon 'Nina' moves away from PHL

October 14, 2012 10:35 am 

MANILA, Oct. 14 — Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Prapiroon) slightly weakened as it continued to move away from the country, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the typhoon's winds strength has lessened from 160 kilometers per hour (kph) Friday to 140 kph in Sunday while its gustiness also lowered from 195 kph to 170 kph.

Aurelio said that as of 4 a.m. Sunday, the eye of Nina was located at 800 kms. east of Itbayat, Batanes (21.7°N, 130.6°E) and it is forecast to move northeast at 5 kph.

With this speed, Aurelio said it is likely that typhoon “Nina” will exit the Philippine territory either Monday or Tuesday as it heads towards Japan.

He added that no storm warning signal has been raised and the typhoon is still not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country.

Aurelio said the typhoon is still far to directly affect any part of the country also due to transition period from the habagat (southwest monsoon) and the amihan (northeast monsoon), which annually sets in October.

Aurelio said the country can expect generally good weather on Sunday, except for possible rainshowers and thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

“Aside from typhoon Nina, no other weather disturbance was seen near the Philippine territory. We should expect a fair weather within the rest country in two to three days except for possible rainshowers and thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening,” Aurelio said.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that CARAGA region will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms while 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 Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the Southwest over Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and Bicol Region.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southeast to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

The weather agency also said that strong to gale-force winds enhanced by typhoon "Nina" may affect the seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and southern 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 said (PNA)

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