(8 a.m. Update) ‘Nina’ maintains strength, endangers Bicol region

Typhoon 'Nina' has maintained its strength as it threatens the Bicol region, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday morning.

"Nina" has a maximum sustained winds of up to 175 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 215 kph, heading west at 15 kph.

Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur are currently under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 3, PAGASA said.

The eye of the typhoon was last eyed at 250 km east of Virac, Catanduanes. PAGASA expects 'Nina' to make landfall Sunday afternoon or evening.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Samar and Leyte, PAGASA noted.

It added that storm surge height of up to 2.5 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Masbate including Ticao and Burias islands, Sorsogon and northern Samar are under TCWS No. 2.

TCWS No. 1, meanwhile, was raised over Metro Manila, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, southern Nueva Vizcaya, southern Quirino, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, including Polillo Island, Aurora, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island and Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bantayan Island.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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