Signal no. 1 up in Catanduanes due to 'Mario'

Pagasa has raised public storm warning signal 1 over Catanduanes due to Tropical Storm Mario.

Winds of 30-60 kph are expected in at least 36 hours, the state weather bureau announced.

At 8:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated based on all available data at 477 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.8°N, 128.7°E).

Tropical Storm Mario is expected to be at 172 km East of Casiguran, Aurora by tomorrow morning and at 97 km North Northwest of Aparri Cagayan by Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 470 km North Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 247 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 7 – 20 mm per hour (moderate - intense) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

The combined effect of Southwest Monsoon and TS Mario will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.

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