Issued (0430 UTC) 1230pm PhT 121415
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Typhoon Melor (Bagyong Nona) is now skirting the coast of Northern Samar bringing potentially dangerous winds, heavy rains, and storm surge across the region The eye of Melor was last located approximately 20km east of Catarman, Northern Samar. Maximum sustained winds are at 205kph with gusts of up to 260kph. Typhoon Melor is currently moving westward at 20kph.
As of 11am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Island, Burias Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.
Signal #2 for Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, and Leyte.
Signal #1 for Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Lubang Island, Coron, Cavite, Rizal, Rest of Quezon, Polilio Island, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Negros Occidental, Northern Iloilo, Dinagat Province, and Siargao Island.
VIS Image from RAMMB-CIRA
Latest close-up image of Typhoon Melor shows the southern eyewall moving along the coast of Northern Samar. Winds of up to 200kph are occurring around this area along with very heavy rainfall and high waves. Parts of the Bicol Region, especially Sorsogon and Legazpi, should also be experiencing rapidly deteriorating conditions this afternoon. Later this afternoon, the islands of Masbate and Ticao will be experiencing the full brunt of Melor.
IR Image from RAMMB-CIRA
Typhoon Melor (Bagyong Nona) will continue moving generally westward today. Stormy conditions will persist across Bicol and Samar/Leyte area through the evening and will slowly spread towards the west encompassing Southern Luzon and Central Visayas. Winds of up to 160kph are possible near the center of the storm and rainfall amounts of up to 300mm are likely along the path.
Typhoon Melor will linger in the Philippines through Wednesday morning before moving towards the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). We urge residents along the impacted areas to remain vigilant and to always heed the warnings from your local officials!