Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Mario) Update #2

Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 091914

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Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Bagyong Mario) has slightly intensified today as it nears landfall in Northern Luzon. The system was last located approximately 140km east southeast of Tuguegarao or about 190km southeast of Aparri, Cagayan. Maximum sustained winds are at 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Fung-Wong is moving northwestward at 30kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Abra and Ilocos Norte. Signal #1 for Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Batanes Group of Islands.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Fung-Wong moving just east of Luzon and nearing landfall in the province of Cagayan. The low-level circulation center is still partially exposed as moderate wind shear impacts the system. However, convective activity remains strong and storm clouds associated with the system are affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Radar Image from ClimateX PH

Latest radar image out of Tagaytay shows widespread light to moderate rains and pockets of heavy rains affecting Central Luzon this morning. Metro Manila has been getting torrential rainfall over the past two hours which prompted government and many private companies to cancel classes and offices for today. Please check on your news channel for the latest closings.

For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts for the Philippines, please click HERE (ClimateX PH Website)

Heavy rains will continue today as Fung-Wong continues to enhance the Southwest Monsoon. Northern Luzon should also continue to see stormy conditions this morning as the system makes landfall in Cagayan. Weather conditions are not forecast to improve until this weekend when the storm lifts north towards Taiwan.

We'll have another update later today.

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