Bagyong Mario has maintained its strength as it moves toward Northern Luzon, PAGASA said in its latest severe weather bulletin issued today, 18th September 2014.
In its 5 p.m. update, Mario was last spotted at 576 km East of Infanta, Quezon as of 4 p.m. The tropical storm is packing a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
It is forecast to move West Northwest at 26 kph.
PAGASA raised Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 (winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs) over Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands and Northern Isabela.
Meanwhile, Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 has been raised in the following areas: Catanduanes, rest of Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes Group of Islands.
PAGASA said Mario is expected to be in the vicinity of Sta. Ana, Cagayan by Friday afternoon and in the vicinity of Calayan Group of Islands by Saturday afternoon.
By Sunday afternoon, it is expected to be at 421 km North Northeast of Basco, Bataness
Bagyong Mario may bring rainfall of 7–20 mm per hour (moderate – intense) within the 350 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
All areas listed under signal no. 1 and 2 are advised to prepare for possible landslides and flashfloods, while those living in coastal areas under signal no. 2 must remain alert against storm surges of less than 2 meters.
Moderate to occasionally heavy rainfall and thunderstorms may persist over Bicol, Samar, and Quezon due to the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat), augmented by the effects of TS Luis.
Likewise, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon may experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.