Nona a tropical depression, but more floods possible

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Nona a tropical depression, but more floods possible
Low-lying and mountainous areas in certain provinces and regions could still face flooding

MANILA, Philippines – Nona (international name Melor) further weakened into a tropical depression on Thursday morning, December 17.

In its bulletin issued 5 am on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Nona’s maximum winds are down to 55 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center.

The tropical depression was last spotted 60 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales, now hardly moving.

Pangasinan and Zambales are still the only areas remaining under signal #1. Storm warning signals elsewhere were lifted on Wednesday night, December 16.

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

PAGASA warned that flash floods and landslides are expected over low-lying and mountainous areas in Zambales, Aurora, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

At the height of Nona’s onslaught, at least 11 people died, according to reports from local disaster management officials.

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

On Friday, December 18, Nona is expected to weaken further into a Low Pressure Area.

But the Philippines is also dealing with Tropical Depression Onyok, which is heading for Mindanao. –

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