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Pagasa conducts online poll to replace ‘Nona’ in list of typhoon names

/ 04:07 PM January 07, 2016
Government weather forecaster Loriedin De La Cruz briefs the media on Typhoon Melor at the weather bureau center in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila as it hits the eastern Philippines Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Thousands of residents evacuated as the typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet), officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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After it lashed out at Luzon in December, Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) has been dropped from the list of tropical cyclone names and the state weather bureau conducted for the first time an online survey for its replacement.

As of Thursday afternoon, the top three names to replace Nona were Nimfa, Nardo and Nanding, said Raymond Ordinaro, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

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The poll started on Tuesday when Pagasa posted on Facebook: “NONA will no longer be used by PAGASA and now looking for a replacement !!! Suggestions are now welcome.”

“By practice, Pagasa comes up with the names of tropical cyclones that need to be replaced. But since we are in social media age we thought of letting our followers to suggest replacements,” Ordinario said.

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“We are doing this for the first time, to involve people, because we have been getting lots of requests and suggestions [of names] in the past,” he said.

READ: From ‘Nonoy’ to ‘Nona’: Why did Pagasa change storm’s name?

When a tropical cyclone reaches P1 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure or causes at least 300 deaths, Pagasa decommissions a tropical cyclone name.

Nona, the last tropical cyclone to hit the country in 2015, killed 42 people and caused P2 billion damage to infrastructure.

It was originally named “Nonoy” but it was changed by Pagasa to Nona because it sounded like the nickname of President Benigno Aquino III, “Noynoy”.

Pagasa has four sets of 25 names that it uses for tropical cyclones on a four-year rotation. CDG

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