‘Mario’ threatens Northern Luzon; 5 areas under storm signal


MANILA, Philippines- State Weather bureau raised storm warning signal number one on Thursday, September 18, 2014 over five areas as Tropical Cyclone “Mario” moves to Northern Luzon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that Mario with international name Fung Wong was located at 477 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

Mario has sustained its strength with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and 80 kph. The storm is expected to move going northwest with speed of 24kph.

Public storm signal was raised over Catanduanes, Isabela, Aurora, Cagayan, and Calayan group of Island.

According to PAGASA, residents in low lying areas should be prepared for possible flash floods and landslides.

Moderate to intense rainfall amount (7 to 20 millimeters per hour) has been estimated within the 300-kilometer diameter of the tropical storm.

According to weather bureau, Mario and the southwest monsoon (habagat) combined their effects and will cause moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in the regions of Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

Mario is expected to be 470 kilometers north northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 247 kilometers north northeast of Basco Batanes.

While the Northern Luzon is still recovering from the effects of Typhoon Luis, a threat of new cyclone is now alarming the area.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that Luis left four victims in Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya and Cagayan, while 366,075 people were affected in Western Visayas and six regions in Luzon including Metro Manila.