Nona downgraded from typhoon to severe tropical storm

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Nona downgraded from typhoon to severe tropical storm
Nona (Melor) will weaken further before it leaves the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA downgraded Nona (international name Melor) from a typhoon to a severe tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon, December 16.

In its bulletin issued 5:30 pm on Wednesday, PAGASA said Nona’s maximum winds are down to 100 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, with gustiness of up to 130 km/h.

Nona was last spotted 70 kilometers southwest of Olongapo City, Zambales, moving northwest at 7 km/h.

Estimated rainfall amount, however, is still moderate to heavy within the 250-kilometer diameter of the severe tropical storm.

Signal numbers 1 and 2 remain raised in parts of Luzon. 

Signal #2:

  • Bataan
  • southern Zambales
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Lubang Island

Signal #1:

  • Metro Manila
  • rest of Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Tarlac
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • northern Occidental Mindoro
  • northern Oriental Mindoro

PAGASA warned that areas under storm signals should stay on alert for flash floods and landslides.

FORECAST TRACK. Here's the latest projected movement of Severe Tropical Storm Nona. Image from PAGASA

Severe Tropical Storm Nona is expected to weaken further into a Low Pressure Area before it leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday, December 19.

But another cyclone also entered PAR on Wednesday – Tropical Depression Onyok. (READ: Another cyclone: Onyok joins Nona in the Philippines– Rappler.com

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