Super typhoon Nock-ten made landfall in the Philippines on Christmas Day after authorities worked to evacuate thousands of residents from low-lying areas of the Southeast Asian country’s eastern provinces. At 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET), authorities said the typhoon, known locally as Nina, made landfall over Bato in the province of Catanduanes.

The storm hit the Bicol region with moderate to heavy rainfall, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Nock-ten has weakened and now has maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (149 mph) with gusts up to 296 kph (184 mph). READ MORE