Strong Typhoon Nona (Melor) To Hit Visayas, Philippines - December 14, 2015

Strong typhoon Nona (Melor) to hit Visayas and Luzon this December 14, 2015. Typhoon Nona intensifies more which now has over 185kph of gustiness and wind of 150 kph. Northern Samar and Bicol Region is now on high alert due to the typhoon. 

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(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today)
• Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 300 km diameter of the typhoon.
• Flashfloods and Landslides is expected over areas under signal # 2 and 3.
• Expected to pass very close to Northern Samar by early afternoon today.
• Will make landfall over Sorsogon early tonight then cross Albay Province towards Burias Island.
• Storm surges of up to 4 meters are possible over the areas under PSWS #2 and #3.
Location of eye/center: At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “NONA” was located based on all available data including Guiuan Radar at 205 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.5°N, 126.5°E).
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.
Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West at 17 kph.
Forecast Positions:
• 24 hour (Tomorrow morning): In the vicinity of Burias Island, Masbate
• 48 hour (Wednesday morning): 140 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
• 72 hour (Thursday morning): 210 km West of Coron, Palawan
• 96 hour (Friday evening): 300 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
• 120 hour (Saturday evening): 600 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 03
(121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.)
LUZON: Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay including Ticao Island
VISAYAS: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran and Samar
Impacts of the wind
• Heavy damage to high–risk structures;
• Moderate damage to medium- risk structures;
• Light damage to low-risk structures
• Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed
• Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofing’s); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
• There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
• Almost all banana plants are downed
• Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted,
• Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
• Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses
• Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.
Ocean Wave Height: (Open Sea) > 14.0 meters Storm surge may reach up to 4.0 meters
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 02
(61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)
LUZON: Masbate including Burias Island, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon, Southern Quezon
Impacts of the wind:
• Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
• Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
• No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
• Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
• A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
• Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
• Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
• Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
• In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
• Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
• Rice and corn may be adversely affected
• Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.
Open Sea Wave Height: 4.1-14.0 meters Storm surge possible at coastal areas
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 01
(30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.)
LUZON: Metro Manila, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
VISAYAS: Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Negros Occidental
MINDANAO: Dinagat province and Siargao Island
Impacts of the wind:
• Very light or no damage to low risk structures,
• Light damage to medium to high risk structures
• Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged.
• Twigs of small trees may be broken.
• Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
Wave Height (Open Sea): 1.25-4.0 meters

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