Typhoon Nona slightly weakens, now approaching Romblon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) continues to move across the Sibuyan Sea and is now nearing Banton, Rombon.

According to the 5 a.m. update of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon was located 40 kilometers north-northeast of Romblon, Romblon.

It has maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 179 kph. These numbers are lower than those reported at 11 p.m. on Monday (December 14) where it had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

The typhoon is moving west at 15 kph, but may move slowly as the day goes by.

PAGASA reports that Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) 3 is up over the Mindoro provinces including Lubang Island, Marinduque, and Romblon.

PSWS 2 is up over Burias Island, southern Quezon, Batangas, and the Calamian group of islands.

PSWS 1 is up over Metro Manila, Masbate including Ticao Island, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay. Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, northern Palawan, Bataan, and the rest of Quezon.

Nona is expected to make its fourth landfall over Oriental Mindoro at around noon.

It may exit landmass by Tuesday evening and be out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Friday (December 18).

PAGASA weather forecaster Obet Badrina said that Nona may still weaken into a severe tropical storm within the day, and may be downgraded to a tropical depression before it leaves the Philippine area of responsibility.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio contributed to this report.