Classes in numerous provinces in Luzon and Visayas will be suspended for tomorrow, December 14, with typhoon “Nona” (international name “Melor”) intensifying further as it moves closer to Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.
According to the 11:oo PM severe weather bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “Nona” carries maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is moving westward at 19 kilometers per hour.
As of 11:00 PM Sunday, the center of “Nona” was located at 310 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.3°N, 127.6°E). It is expected to be in the vicinity of Donsol, Sorsogon Monday evening before proceeding to Mindoro the following night.
In connection to that, the weather bureau also raised storm signals in the following areas:
Signal #3 (121-170 kph Expected in 18 hrs.)
LUZON: Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay including Ticao Island
VISAYAS: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar
Signal #2 (61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)
LUZON: Masbate including Burias Island, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon, Southern Quezon
VISAYAS: Leyte and Biliran
Signal #1 (30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.)
LUZON: Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Rest of Quezon
VISAYAS: Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Negros Occidental
MINDANAO: Dinagat province and Siargao Island
As stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 66, classes in all levels are suspended in areas under Signal #3. Meanwhile, classes up to high school are suspended in areas under signal #2. Lastly, classes in preschool and kindergarten are suspended for areas under signal #1.
Of course, local government leaders particularly the governors and mayors have the power to suspend classes in their respective constituencies as they see fit. It is likely that classes will be suspended in more areas once the 5:00 AM bulletin has been released.