Typhoon Mina seriously threatens Northern Luzon - PAGASA

Typhoon Mina (Bagyong Mina) has continued to intensify and seriously threatens Northern Luzon, the PAGASA said Friday.

Typhoon Mina (Bagyong Mina) satellite image as of 5 a.m. August 26, 2011 | Source: PAGASA

According to its latest bulletin, Typhoon Mina (International name: Nanmadol) was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 150 km East Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora (16.9°N, 123.7°E ). The weather disturbance is packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is moving at a Northwest direction at a slow rate of 9 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signals have been hoisted over the following areas:

Signal No.3 (100-185 kph winds)

Babuyan Group of Island

Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds)
Northern Aurora
Mt. Province
Batanes Group of Island

Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds)
Rest of Aurora
Nueva Vizcaya
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Norte

The state weather bureau warns residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Warning Signals, Southern Luzon and Visayas of possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living in coastal areas are also alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

In an interview with "Unang Hirit", a PAGASA weather forecaster said Typhoon Mina will exit the Philippines on Tuesday or Wednesday next week because of its slow movement.
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