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Typhooon ‘Nina’ intensifies; makes landfall on Christmas day

Some parts of the Philippines can expect rain on Christmas day, December 25.

“Nina” has intensified into a typhoon as it makes its way through the country, CNN Philippines quoted the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as saying.

It predicts Nina to intensify further before it makes landfall over Catanduanes by Sunday afternoon or evening, December 25, the report said.

As of 5 am on Saturday, the state weather bureau has reportedly raised Storm Signal Number 1 in some areas over the eastern Philippines. It includes Luzon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands), Visayas, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

“Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, of Southern Luzon and of Visayas,” the state weather bureau was quoted as saying.

It reportedly tracked the eye of the storm 575 km east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 a.m. The storm is moving west northwest at 17 km/h.

Nina is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 135 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 165 km/h, CNN Philippines quoted PAGASA as saying.

Pagasa reportedly expects Nina to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday morning, December 28.

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