PAGASA: Typhoon Nona makes landfall over Batag Island, Northern Samar

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) made landfall over Batag Island, Northern Samar past 11 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday (December 14).

Nona continues to batter the Samar-Sorsogon area, with public storm warning signal No. 3 raised in nine areas.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 161,104 families (724,839 persons) were placed under preemptive evacuation as of 8 a.m.

Related: Typhoon Nona: NDRRMC on red alert status

State weather bureau PAGASA monitored Nona at 85 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar, as of 10 a.m. Monday.

Nona is expected to pass over the northern tip of Northern Samar around noon today, make a landfall over Sorsogon early tonight then cross Albay and Burias Island.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Nona is carrying maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

The provincial government of Albay has declared a state of imminent danger as preparations are underway for possible storm surges, flooding, and lahar flow from the active Mayon Volcano.

Officials have been urging residents in coastal areas and communities around the volcano to move to safer ground as soon as possible. They are also preparing to distribute food and other emergency supplies to these people. Rescue teams are on standby for any emergency.

Also read: Albay under state of imminent disaster

Nona, which is moving west at a speed of 17 kph, is forecast to be at the following positions:

  • 24 hour (Tuesday morning): In the vicinity of Gasan, Marinduque
  • 48 hour (Wednesday morning): 200 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
  • 72 hour (Thursday morning): 260 km West of Coron, Palawan
  • 96 hour (Friday morning): 370 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • 120 hour (Saturday morning): 735 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)

Nona is expected to weaken once it passes the islands in Southern Luzon and, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), will no longer reach super typhoon status.

Related: Class suspensions on December 14 due to TY Nona

Public storm warning signals were raised in the following areas:

Signal No. 3: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran

Signal No. 2: Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, and Leyte.

Signal No. 1: Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Lubang Island, Coron, Cavite, Rizal, rest of Quezon including Polillo Island, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan, Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Negros Occidental, Northern Iloilo, Dinagat province and Siargao Island.

PAGASA warned of storm surges of up to 3 meters over the areas under Signals No. 2 and 3 in the next 24 hours.

TyphoonMelor1.png Typhoon Nona skirting Northern Samar at around 2:00 p.m. Monday. The Philippine Coast Guard has reported that, as of 12 p.m. Monday, there are 6,795 passengers stranded due to the typhoon.

Related: Airlines cancel flights due to Typhoon Nona

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio also said Signal No. 2 may be raised in Metro Manila if Nona maintains its speed and direction.

Typhoon Nona is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday night or Saturday morning through Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio and Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.