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Cancelled flights on Dec. 25, 26 due to typhoon ‘Nina’


By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQ

INQUIRER.net / 10:49 AM December 25, 2016

Several domestic and international flights on Dec. 25 and 26 have been cancelled due to bad weather caused by typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-Ten).

In its latest advisory, the state weather bureau said Nina maintained its strength as it headed toward the Bicol region, where it is expected to make landfall on Sunday afternoon or evening. Storm warning signals were raised in 38 areas.

The following Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights have been cancelled:


For Dec. 25 (Sunday)

  • PR655 Riyadh – Manila
  • PR659 Jeddah – Dubai – Manila
  • PR2071 Manila-Calbayog
  • PR2072 Calbayog – Manila
  • PR2925 Manila – Legaspi
  • PR2926 Legaspi – Manila
  • PR2265 Manila – Naga
  • PR2266 Naga – Manila
  • PR2261 Manila – Naga
  • PR2262 Naga – Manila
  • PR2079 Manila – Catarman
  • PR2080 Catarman – Manila
  • PR469 Incheon – Manila
  • PR733 Bangkok – Manila

For Dec. 26 (Monday)

  • PR510 Singapore – Manila
  • PR423 Haneda – Manila
  • PR383 Guangzhou – Manila
  • PR538 Denpasar – Manila
  • PR536 Jakarta – Manila

PAL said affected passengers may rebook their tickets within 30 days from the original date of departure without penalty, or refund their ticket in full.

The airlines advised affected guests to call their hotline at 855-888 or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office.

Cebu Pacific and charter airline Air Juan earlier announced the cancellation of flights scheduled on Dec. 25 and 26.

The following Cebu Pacific flights scheduled on Christmas Day have been cancelled:

  • DG6163/6164 Manila-Virac- Manila
  • DG6165/6166 Manila- Virac – Manila
  • 5J325/326 Manila-Legazpi- Manila
  • 5J327/328 Manila-Legazpi- Manila
  • DG6193/6194 Manila-Legazpi- Manila
  • DG6195/6196 Manila-Legazpi- Manila
  • DG6204/6205 Cebu-Legazpi-Cebu
  • DG6113/6114 Manila-Naga- Manila
  • DG6117/6118 Manila-Naga- Manila

Cebu Pacific said affected passengers may rebook their flight within 30 days from the original departure date or opt for full refund or travel fund.

The following Air Juan flights on Dec. 26 have been cancelled:

  • Subic-Manila
  • Manila-Subic
  • Manila-Puerto Galera
  • Puerto Galera-Manila
  • Manila-Boracay
  • Boracay-Manila
  • Manila-Busuanga
  • Busuanga-Manila


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Latest update puts the sustained winds at 135 knots (155 mph) with gusts to 165 knots (190 mph). 



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Pray for those in the Legaspi area. The leading edge of the storm is hitting them now.

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The good news is that the Typhoon is starting to get dry air drawn into its center looking at the latest satellite images so it has already peaked strength wise. It will slowly start to weaken from this point on and more rapidly once it makes landfall. 






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Albay orders early closure of business establishments due to ‘Nina’


By: Ma. April Mier - @inquirerdotnet

Inquirer Southern Luzon / 03:41 PM December 25, 2016

Residents sit in a truck after the local government implemented preemptive evacuations at Barangay Matnog, Daraga, Albay province on December 25, 2016, due to the approaching typhoon Nina (int’l name: Nock-Ten). / AFP PHOTO


LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has ordered early closure of business establishments effective 3 p.m. Sunday.

Cedric Daep, head of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo), said this is to allow employees to go home safely and prepare their families and houses against the adverse effect of Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten).

As of 3 p.m., the Apsemo has evacuated 29,682 families or 138,920 persons from 12 cities and municipalities in the province.


Evacuation efforts in other towns are still on-going. JE


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Thousands flee Christmas Day typhoon ‘Nina’ in Philippines
Agence France-Presse / 03:24 PM December 25, 2016

Residents are assisted into a truck after the local government implemented preemptive evacuations at Barangay Matnog, Daraga, Albay province on December 25, 2016, due to the approaching typhoon Nina (int’l name Nock-Ten). / AFP PHOTO


Babies, toddlers and old people were loaded onto military trucks in the Philippines on Sunday as thousands fled from the path of a powerful typhoon barrelling towards the disaster-prone archipelago.

Officials warned that storm surges up to 2.5-meters (eight-feet) high, landslides and flash floods posed the biggest threats as Nock-Ten closed in on the Bicol peninsula and nearby islands.opt-out-icon2.png

The typhoon threat, on one of the biggest holidays in the mainly Christian nation, triggered preemptive evacuations that officials said could involve hundreds of thousands of people.


“We went around with megaphones and gave instructions to our people to eat breakfast, pack and board the military trucks,” Alberto Lindo, an official of Alcala, a farming village of 3,300 people near the active Mayon volcano, told AFP.

About 100 babies, toddlers, parents and elderly people were the first to be trucked off to a school some seven kilometers (four miles) away as strong winds began to shake trees at midday, scattering leaves on the pavement.

“There are large ash deposits on the slopes (of Mayon). Heavy rain can dislodge them and bury our homes in mud,” Lindo added.

Philippine and international weather services said Nock-Ten, named after a bird found in Laos, was set to hit Bicol on the south of the main island of Luzon on Sunday evening.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center has forecast sustained winds of 231 kilometers (144 miles) an hour and gusts of 278 km when Nock-Ten makes landfall on the now-isolated island of Catanduanes, home to 250,000 people.

The typhoon will eventually affect an area of nearly 42 million people, including the capital Manila which was forecast to be hit on Monday.

Civil defense officials in Bicol said earlier nearly half a million people in the region were in harm’s way and needed to be evacuated.

The government called for preemptive evacuations in the area on Saturday, with nearly 4,000 residents moving into emergency centers and more than 8,000 others seeking shelter elsewhere, an official tally said.

Evacuations were continuing on Christmas Day as the military and local governments sent trucks to evacuate coastal communities and other areas hit by landslides or flash floods in previous storms.

Some 20 typhoons or lesser storms strike the Philippines each year, routinely killing hundreds of people, and Bicol is often the first region to be hit.

It prides itself on having honed its disaster response to minimize casualties.

“We have recalled all of our first responders from vacation. They will be on 24-hour standby and on call for rescues or support,” Rachel Miranda, spokeswoman for the region’s civil defense office, told AFP.

Nock-Ten, which will arrive outside the normal typhoon season, disrupted celebrations of one of the most important holidays in the mainly Catholic country’s religious calendar, with all ferry services and commercial flights in Bicol suspended.

Some of the thousands of commuters stranded at dozens of ports that were closed for the typhoon spent the night inside evacuation centers on Saturday.

After Bicol, Nock-Ten is forecast to strike the heavily populated heartland of the main island of Luzon including Manila.

Rescue workers in the capital have been put on standby, evacuation centers opened and food and other rations stocked.

The coastguard on Sunday ordered the beaches south of Manila to be cleared of holidaymakers by Monday, while residents of the capital’s seaside slums were warned to leave their homes.

Mammoth tsunami-like sea waves devastated the city of Tacloban and nearby areas when super typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.


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‘Nina’ makes landfall over Catanduanes


06:45 PM December 25, 2016

Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-Ten) made land fall at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday over Catanduanes, the state weather bureau said on Sunday afternoon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Nina packed maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

Earlier, storm warning Signal No. 4 was hoisted over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, while Signal No. 3 was placed over Burias Island, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Sorsogon and Marinduque.


Metro Manila was placed under Signal No. 2, together with the following areas: Masbate including Ticao Island,  Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, rest of Quezon including Polillo, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon,  Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan and Northern Samar.

Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora,Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bantayan Island.


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‘Nina’ makes second landfall in Camarines Sur


INQUIRER.net / 10:26 PM December 25, 2016

Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-Ten) made a second land fall at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday in Sagñay, Camarines Sur,  the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Nina maintained its 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

So far, Pagasa made no changes in storm signals it raised earlier.


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Close to 300,000 individuals displaced by ‘Nina’ in Bicol

Inquirer Southern Luzon / 10:51 PM December 25, 2016

Residents sit inside a classroom at the Central Elementary School which was turned into an evacuation centre in Santo Domingo, Albay province on December 25, 2016 due to approaching Typhoon Nock-Ten.
Thousands of residents were fleeing coastal and other hazardous areas in the eastern Philippines on December 25 as a powerful typhoon barrelled towards the disaster-prone archipelago.


The number of evacuees trying to escape the wrath of typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) rose to around 278,392 in Bicol Sunday night.

In Camarines Sur, 2,3980 families or 106,378 individuals, were evacuated from 231 barangays (villages) in 34 towns.

In Albay, 42,859 families or 171,652 persons have evacuated while 59 families or 362 persons have been displaced in Masbate City, Masbate. Masbate was still experience light to moderate rains after “Nina” made landfall over Catanduanes around 8 p.m. Sunday.


Evacuations in most of Bicol is still going on. – Ma. April Mier



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