‘Nina’ to exit PHL by Wednesday night or Thursday morning –PAGASA

October 17, 2012 11:07 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — Tropical storm “Nina” maintains its strength and expected to be out of the Philippines by Wednesday evening or before dawn of Thursday, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Julie Nimes said that as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the center of tropical Storm Nina was located about at 700 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.4°N, 128.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecast to move North Northeast at 7 kph.

“Nina is expected to be out of country by Wednesday evening or Thursday dawn heading towards Japan,” she said in an interview.

Nimes also said that since the storm weakened further, its gale force wind also weakened. She warned, however, that fishing boats and other small seacraft should be on alert against moderate to rough seas.

Since it entered Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) last week, she said that Nina never had any direct effect on the country.

Nimes also said that due to localized thunderstorms, the areas of Central and Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula would experience light to moderate rainshowers.

Aside from possible brief rain showers mostly in the afternoon or evening, the whole country would continue to have good weather condition until Sunday, she said. (PNA)

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