MANILA – State weather bureau PAGASA said Monday evening that Typhoon Nona (aka Melor) has maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 185 kph.
The typhoon was moving west at 15 kph.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the typhoon’s 250-km diameter.
In an earlier announcement, the state weather bureau said that Metro Manila should expect light to moderate to at times heavy rains. Nearby areas of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Batangas are likewise expecting the same amount of rainfall.
Public storm warning signal number 3 remained hoisted over Oriental Mindoro, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Marinduque and Romblon.
Areas under signal number 3 would experience 121-170 kph of winds in 18 hours. Storm surge in coastal areas may reach up to 3.6 meters, the weather bureau added.
Meanwhile, public storm signal number 2 was raised over these areas:
Calamian Group of Islands
Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
Areas under signal number 2 should expect 61-120 kph of winds in 24 hours.
Public storm signal number 1 was declared in the following areas:
Rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
Northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
Areas under signal number 1 should expect 30-60 kph of winds in 36 hours.
The eye of Typhoon Nona was last seen over Sibuyan Sea of 100 kms east-northeast of Romblon, Romblon, as of 10 p.m. on Monday.
Flash floods and landslides are expected in areas under signals number 2 and number 3, while storm surges of up to three meters are possible.
The typhoon is expected to pass over Mindoro provinces afternoon on Tuesday.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FLEE DUE TO ‘NONA’
More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Nona slammed into the country on Monday.
In Albay, almost 600,000 people were evacuated due to fears that heavy rain could cause mudslides on the slopes of nearby Mayon Volcano, according to the national disaster monitoring office.
“The whole province is now a ghost town. We shut all establishments. No school, no work,” Albay Governor Joey Salceda told ABS-CBN News.
POWER SUPPLY CUT IN BICOL, SAMAR
Meanwhile, several towns in the Bicol region and in the Samar provinces experienced power outages as Typhoon Nona hits southern Luzon and the Visayas.
According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), power supply in several towns in Sorsogon, Albay, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar were cut off on Monday.
29 AREAS IDENTIFIED AS POTENTIAL RISKS
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has identified 29 areas that are vulnerable to potential risks.
These areas fall within the 400-km diameter of the forecast track of Typhoon Nona.
In its 11 p.m. advisory on Monday, the DILG has identified the following areas: