Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 092014
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Bagyong Mario) has intensified further this morning as it moves slowly across Luzon Strait. The system was last located approximately 140km north northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte or about 230km southwest of Basco, Batanes. Maximum sustained winds are now at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Fung-Wong is moving northward at 10kph.
As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Calayan and Babuyan Islands, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte. Signal #1 for Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra, and Ilocos Sur.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the structure of Fung-Wong has improved a bit overnight. Banding is more defined and convective activity is starting to wrap around the circulation center. There is still some moderate wind shear which will limit intensification. And while we no longer expect Fung-Wong to reach typhoon status, it will still be a dangerous and strong Tropical Storm as it moves towards Taiwan.
Meanwhile, rains are beginning to subside across Southern Luzon including Metro Manila. However, heavy rains continue to pound Northern Luzon and will continue to do so throughout the day today. We expect up to 200mm to fall in some areas which will cause floods and landslides in the region.
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong will continue moving slowly northward today and will intensify slowly along the way. The system is forecast to make landfall tomorrow morning in Southern Taiwan and will bring torrential rainfall in the region. Parts of Eastern China will also see some stormy weather as the system moves near the region.
We'll have another update later today.