Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Mario) Update #3 (w/ VIDEO)

Issued (05 UTC) 1pm PhT 091914

Please watch our latest Video Update below for more info on the flooding in Metro Manila along with some pictures and radar images.

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Bagyong Mario) has made landfall in Cagayan early this morning and is now back over water. The system was last located approximately 20km northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or about 90km north of Tuguegarao. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Fung-Wong is moving northwestward at 30kph.

As of 11am 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, and La Union.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the circulation of Fung-Wong (Mario) continuing to affect large parts of Luzon. The convection remains strong and has caught up with the low-level center. Wind shear has slightly weakened which may allow the storm to slowly intensify today and into tomorrow. We have also highlighted the heavy rains that are affecting Metro Manila. These rains have produced up to 250mm since last night causing widespread flooding. Rains will continue across Manila through tonight but will slowly start moving north by tomorrow.

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Mario) is forecast to turn northward towards Taiwan. The system is forecast to make landfall in Southern Taiwan by Saturday evening and will continue to affect the region by Monday. Rains will continue across Luzon but should weaken and start to dissipate by early next week.

We'll have another update later tonight. Stay safe!

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