Typhoon Nona weakens, makes landfall in Oriental Mindoro

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) remains strong at 140 kph as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday (December 15), but Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said northwest monsoon or amihan is causing the typhoon to weaken.

It could be downgraded to a tropical storm between Wednesday and Thursday morning (December 16 and 17), and into a low pressure area as it exits the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday (December 18).

As of 10 a.m., the eye of Typhoon Nona was located in the vicinity of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

Signal no. 3 is still raised over the following areas: Calamian Group of Islands, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.

Signal no. 2 is raised over Marinduque, Romblon, and Batangas.

People in these areas should be ready for possible flash floods, landslides, and storm surges of up to two meters high, PAGASA said.

Metro Manila is under Storm Signal No. 1, as well as Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Burias Island and Northern Palawan including Cuyo Island.

Metro Manila is expected to endure moderate rains within the day, but weather in the city is forecast to improve by tomorrow.

PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area, which could develop into a typhoon, currently estimated at 1,800 km east-southeast of Mindanao.

CNN Philippines’ AC Nicholls contributed to this report.