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.
- southern Zambales
- Lubang Island
- Metro Manila
- rest of Zambales
- northern Occidental Mindoro
- northern Oriental Mindoro
PAGASA warned that areas under storm signals should stay on alert for flash floods and landslides.
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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