Latest Update Typhoon (Melor) Nona Dec 16 2015

Typhoon (Melor) Nona Dec 16

Latest Update Typhoon (Melor) Nona Dec 16 2015, Nona still has maximum winds of sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 250 km diameter of the typhoon.

Typhoon risks

Flash floods and landslides are expected over the areas under signals 2 and 3, while storm surges of up to 3 meters are possible, PAGASA noted.

Class suspensions on Dec. 16 due to Typhoon ‘Nona’

All levels

• Laguna
• Muntinlupa
• Pateros
• Taguig
• San Juan
• Pasay
• Quezon City
• Malabon
• Rizal
• Oriental Mindoro
• Occidental Mindoro
• Cavite
• Batangas
• Valenzuela
• Manila
• Makati
• Marikina
Pre-school to high school
• Marinduque
• Romblon
• Calamian Group of Islands
Pre-school and kindergarten
• Metro Manila
• Bataan
• Southern Zambales
• Bulacan
• Quezon
• Northern Palawan including Cuyo Island
The Department of Education earlier released guidelines for the cancellation of classes.
Under the guideline, classes in pre-school are automatically suspended in areas under Storm Signal No. 1 while classes in kindergarten, elementary and high school levels are automatically suspended in areas under Storm Signal No. 2.
It added that under Storm Signal No. 3, all classes in kindergarten, elementary, high school, college and graduate school levels are suspended.
However, according to the DepEd, the local government unit has the authority to declare class suspensions in their respective areas even when there is no storm signal.


Nona is expected to pass over Mindoro provinces tomorrow afternoon, December 15.

Below is PAGASA’s forecast on the typhoon’s positions in the course of the day:

• 24 hour (tomorrow evening): 120 km West of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
• 48 hour (Wednesday evening): 230 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
• 72 hour (Thursday evening): 410 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
• 96 hour (Friday evening): 790 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)
• 120 hour (Saturday evening): 1210 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)

Storm warning signals

PAGASA raised storm warning signals in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

Signal #3
(121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.)

LUZON: Oriental Mindoro, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Marinduque and Romblon

Wind impact

• Heavy damage to high–risk structures;
• Moderate damage to medium- risk structures;
• Light damage to low-risk structures
• Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed
• Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofing’s); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
• There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
• Almost all banana plants are downed
• Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted,
• Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
• Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses
• Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.

Open Sea Wave Height: > 14.0 meters

Storm surge may reach up to 3.0 meters

Signal #2
(61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)

LUZON: Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Southern Quezon, Batangas, Calamian Group of Islands and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

VISAYAS: Northern Samar

Wind impact

• Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
• Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
• No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
• Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
• A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
• Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
• Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
• Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
• In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
• Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
• Rice and corn may be adversely affected
• Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.