Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tropical Storm Melor (Nona) Update #5

Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 121715

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Melor (Bagyong Nona) is now weakening significantly over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and is now down to minimal Tropical Storm-strength. The storm center was last located approximately 140km southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Melor is currently moving southwestward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Pangasinan and Zambales. All other Signal Warnings have now been lifted by the agency.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Melor and the newly-developed Tropical Depression 29W (Bagyong Onyok). Melor is now struggling to maintain its structure as unfavorable conditions are now prevailing across the West Philippine Sea. However, we are still seeing strong convection affecting parts of Central and Northern Luzon. We expect these rain showers to continue throughout the day today.

Tropical Storm Melor will continue weakening today, eventually becoming a Depression later this afternoon. It will also continue to move southwestward away from the Philippines. Rains across Luzon should gradually taper off in the next 12 to 24 hours.

With the departure of Melor, we now have to monitor the incoming Tropical Depression Onyok. Thankfully, this system is not forecast to intensify as much as Melor did. However, it is still forecast to bring widespread rains across parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the coming days.

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