Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Typhoon Melor (Nona) Update #4

Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 121615

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Typhoon Melor (Bagyong Nona) has weakened to Category 1 but continues to bring widespread heavy rains across many areas in Luzon. The typhoon's center was last located approximately 100km southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Melor is currently moving west northwestward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Northern Occidental Mindoro and Lubang Island. Signal #2 for Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Northern Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Occidental Mindoro. Signal #1 for Metro Manila, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Bulacan, Laguna, Calamian Islands, and the rest of Oriental Mindoro.

IR Image from NOAA

Latest satellite image shows the Typhoon Melor lingering just west of the province of Batangas. However, rain clouds are still covering much of Luzon bringing widespread moderate to heavy rains. Melor crossed the island of Mindoro last night as a Category 4 Typhoon and has since weakened. Nevertheless, we expect stormy conditions especially along the western portions of Central and Southern Luzon to continue.

Typhoon Melor (Bagyong Nona) is forecast to slowly weaken as a cold surge from the north will bring unfavorable conditions for this cyclone. Melor is also forecast to begin turning more to the south and will continue tracking across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Rain showers are forecast to remain across parts of Luzon and Palawan over the next 24 to 48 hours.

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