Tropical storm 'Nina' continues to weaken –-PAGASA

October 16, 2012 10:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 16 –- Tropical storm "Nina" continued to weaken while hovering slowly over the Philippine sea off extreme Northern Luzon Tuesday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

Weather forecaster Galiza Escullar said that Nina’s winds strength decreased from 110 kilometers per hour on Tuesday morning to 100 kph in the afternoon while its gustiness also fell from 140 kph to 130 kph.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the center of tropical storm Nina was located at 710 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (22.2ºN, 129.6ºE) and was forecast to move northwest at 5 kph.

With its speed, Escullar said that Nina would likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Wednesday evening and before dawn Thursday, headed toward Japan.

She noted that the vertical wind shear or different directions of the wind blowing into the country due to the transition of the southwest monsoon (habagat) to northeast monsoon (amihan) caused Nina to weaken and slow down.

Since it entered the PAR last week, Escullar said that Nina never had any direct effect on the country.

Meanwhile, Escullar said that fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon, specifically in Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora due to big waves generated by storm Nina.

Aside from possible brief rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms, she said the whole country will continue to have good weather condition.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the whole country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon with moderate to rough seas.

Winds will be light to moderate, coming from the northwest to west, will prevail over Southern Luzon and the Visayas and coming from the southwest over Mindanao.

The coastal water along these areas will be slight to moderate. (PNA)

SCS/CLTC

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