'Nina' moves farther from Cagayan
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Prapiroon) has moved farther from northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said before noon Thursday.
PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Nina was located 790 kilometers east of Calayan Island, Cagayan.
The typhoon moved away from northern Luzon after it changed its direction. It is now moving northwest at 7 kph.
At 4 a.m., Nina was located 700 kms east of Calayan Island.
The typhoon has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
Estimated rainfall is from 10 - 25 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the typhoon's 700-km diameter.
PAGASA, however, said the typhoon is not expected to directly dump rains since it is already too far from land.
No storm warning signal has been raised so far.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are still advised not to venture out into the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Luzon and Visayas due to big waves.
The typhoon is expected to be 555 kms east of Basco, Batanes on Friday morning.