TYPHOON Nina ha sintensified into a supertyphoon and Tropical Cyclone Warning System (TCWS) number 4 was hoisted over Catanduanes.
The latest update issued yesterday afternoon by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of press time, Nina was moving west at the speed of 15 kilometers per hour with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.
TCWS number 3 was hoisted over the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon and Burias Island.
Storm Signal number 2 was declared over the provinces of Masbate, including Ticao Island; Sorsogon, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna and rest of Quezon, including Polillo, Marinduque and Romblon.
Metro Manila and provinces of Bataan, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Southern Quirino, Southern Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Cavite, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bantayan Island were under Public Storm Signal number 1.
In line with this, evacuation of over a million persons living in flood, landslide and storm surge prone areas in Albay have been stepped up.
The Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 reported that as of 9:00 am on Sunday, there was one person injured in the region.
Meanwhile, CamSur Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte yesterday directed the PDRRMC to evacuate thousands of shoreline residents facing the eastern seaboard towns of Sagñay, San Jose, Tigaon, Lagonoy, Presentacion, Siruma and Caramoan, all classified by the MGB-DENR as prone to sea surges, while PAG-ASA’s gail warning forecast 2.5 meters of sea surges along the Partido coastlines.
Foreign tourists bound for the Caramoan Peninsula were also adviced on Saturday not to sail to island resorts due to prevailing gail warning.
In connectionwith this, Senator Grace Poe reiterated her reminder to telecommunications firms to send text alerts to its subscribers on Christmas Season.
Poe stressed that said text alerts are crucial as the public prepares for a wet Christmas.