Tropical storm “Mario” has gained strength and is expected to make landfall in Northern Luzon by Friday afternoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said that as of 6 a.m. Friday “Mario” was spotted at 190 km east of Casiguran, Aurora.
He added the tropical storm increase its maximum winds from 65 kph on Thursday to 85 kph Friday morning while its gustiness also rose from 80 kph to 100 kph.
Mendoza said the tropical storm continues to move west northwest but decelerated its speed from 26 kph to 22 kph.
If it maintains its speed and movement, he said “Mario” is expected to make landfall in Isbalea-Cagayan area around 12 noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Mendoza said Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Abra and Ilocos Norte are now under public storm warning signal No. 2 which indicates winds of 61 to 100 kilometers per hour coming in at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, storm warning signal No. 1 (winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) is hoisted over Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Batanes Group of Islands.
“These areas are expected to have gusty winds with moderate to occasionally heavy rains,” PAGASA said.
It warned residents under public storm warning signals against possible flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 7 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the 350-km diameter of the storm.
The combined effect of southwest monsoon and TS “Mario” will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
For Friday forecast, PAGASA said the provinces of Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Apayao will experience stormy weather.
The provinces of Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, Quirino, La Union and Batanes group of islands will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas in coastal areas.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
It added moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to southwest will prevail over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindano and coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of Luzon.
The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.
The state weather bureau also advised fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts not to venture out into the western seaboard of central Luzon, seaboards of southern Luzon and Visayas and eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
Tropical storm “Mario” is expected to be at 91 km north northeast of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte by Saturday morning and at 195 km northwest of Basco, Batanes by Sunday morning.
By Monday morning, it is expected to be at 643 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. PNA