#MarioPH slightly weakens
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) slightly weakened on Friday evening, September 19, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
As of 10 pm Friday, the center of the tropical storm was located at 91 km northwest of Laoag City. Mario packs maximum sustained winds of 75 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km per hour.
It is seen to move west north at 17 km per hour, PAGASA said, with moderate to intense rains (7 to 20 mm per hour) within the tropical storm's 350-km diameter. (READ: #MarioPH: Help map critical reports)
PAGASA has raised public storm warning signal number 2 over the following areas:
- Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
Meanwhile, public storm warning signal number 1 is raised over:
- Ilocos Sur
Residents in these areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Storm signals elsewhere are now lowered.
The combined effects of Mario and the southwest monsoon will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon which may also trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Mario is expected to be at the vicinity of southern Taiwan by Saturday evening, September 20 and at 624 km north of Itbayat, Batanes – out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility – by Sunday evening, September 21.
The next bulletin for Mario will be issued at 5 am Saturday.
Red rainfall warning
- Nueva Ecija
Orange rainfall warning
Yellow rainfall warning
- Metro Manila
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