Tropical Storm Nina to landfall on Christmas day

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Tropical Storm Nina
Tropical Storm Nina which has an International name 'Nock-ten' entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 3 am today. Image credit: PAGASA

Tropical Storm Nina which has an International name ‘Nock-ten’ entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 3 am today.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) the storm’s center was estimated at 960km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. the storm is moving West Northwest at 25km/h.

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 120 km/h. Tropical storm Nina (Nock-ten) is also expected to landfall on December 25.

As stated on the forecast track of PAGASA and other international weather agencies, there is a strong chance that the storm will hit Bicol region and will landfall on Christmas day.

“As of now, we have no Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal, But in the next 24 hours, it is possible that we raise signals over Bicol region and Samar provinces.” PAGASA Weather Forecaster Benison Estareja said.

Moreover, the tropical storm Nina (Nock-ten) is forecast to cross Southern Luzon and its center may pass through Quezon province, Laguna and Batangas before hitting Metro Manila.

Based on PAGASA Severe Weather Bulletin, the forecast positions/ outlook will be:

• 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 595 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar(12.7°N, 130.1°E)
• 48 Hour(Sunday morning):270 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.3°N, 126.7°E)
• 72 Hour(Monday morning): In the vicinity of Sipocot, Camarines Sur (13.8°N, 123.0°E)
• 96 Hour(Tuesday morning):205 km West of Sangley Point, Cavite (14.5°N, 119.0°E)
• 120 Hour(Wednesday morning):460 km West of Iba, Zambales (15.0°N, 115.7°E)

Meanwhile, according to report on Sunstar, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRMC) of Albay will adopt scenario-based disaster strategies. they also have prepared disaster mitigating measures.

On the other hand, In Iloilo the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils in the region were already alerted through the Department of Interior and Local Government to revisit their preparations guided by their “Operation Listo” or disaster preparedness manual.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also has its standby funds in addition to food packs that will be utilized when necessary. The Armed Forces of the Philippines also expressed its readiness to respond when there is a need for search and rescue operation.

However, people are worried about this tropical storm as it further intensify into a typhoon and expected to landfall on Christmas day. This is supposed to be a blissful day as we all celebrate the birth of Christ but another sturdy storm is yet to come.