NDRRMC Operations Center in ‘blue alert’ for Nina

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced that it has placed its NDRRM Operations Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City in "blue alert" as Severe Tropical Storm "Nina" enters Philippine area-of-responsibility (PAR) Friday morning.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said this is to ensure the constant monitoring of the weather disturbance and its possible effects.

Likewise, he also directed all regional and local DRRMs to take appropriate actions and initiate pre-emptive evacuations if needed.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that Nina was last spotted at some 960 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Eastern Visayas, CARAGA and Davao.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains is expected over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over rest of the country.

PAGASA also cited that northeast monsoon still affects Northern Luzon.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from northeast will prevail over Luzon, and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, PAGASA said winds will be light to moderate coming from northeast to north with slight to moderate seas.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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