The Philippines is preparing for a wet Christmas as tropical cyclone Nina intensified as it approaches the archipelago, according to the state weather PAGASA.
In the 11:00 PM of December 23 PAGASA weather bulletin, Nina has slightly intensified with a movement in a west northwest direction, with the possibility of passing through the densely populated Metro Manila. Nina is expected to make landfall over Catanduanes by Sunday afternoon or evening. It was moving west-northwest at 19 kph. From moderate to heavy rains will be expected withing the 400 km diameter.
The center of severe tropical storm Nina ws estimated at 570 km East Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, according to PAGASA.
Storm warning signal number 1 was already placed in six areas: Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.
Accuweather.com states that Nina will threaten lives.
“Widespread flooding will result as Nina, international name Nock-ten, unleashes 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain along its path. Most of that rain will pour down in six to 12 hours, quickly inundating communities and rising streams and rivers out of their banks. Mudslides could also be triggered, especially in areas featuring large variations in terrain.”
State weather bureau PAGASA weather forecaster Obet Badrina said Metro Manila residents will get the full brunt of the storm’s power on Monday, but will start to feel it from Sunday until Tuesday.