MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm “Nina” intensified further on Friday and expected to become a typhoon before its landfall on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.Tropical Storm Signal Number 1 was raised in Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar.
According to the 11:00 p.m. weather bulletin, the eye of the storm was at 570 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It is moving West Northwest at 19 km/h.
Nina has a maximum sustained winds of 115 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph.
It is expected to become a typhoon before its landfall over Catanduanes in the evening of Christmas Day.