Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 – 25 mm per hour (moderate – intense) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
Enhanced Southwest Monsoon will continue to bring occasional moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON and Bicol Region.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Western seaboard of Luzon due to big waves generated by Tropical Storm “MARCE”.
The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 pm today.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported the presence of a new storm within the Philippine area of responsibility.
PAGASA named the severe weather disturbance as Tropical Storm “Marce,” which was spotted at about 240 kms west of Iba, Zambales on Wednesday afternoon.
In its 5 pm update, the state weather bureau said “Marce” packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near its center and a gustiness of up to 100 kph, prompting Public Warning Storm Signal #1 over Bataan and Zambales. Pagasa warns affected areas will experience 30 to 60 kph-strong winds in the next few days. Moving in a slow south southwest direction at 7 kph, the storm would reach 420 kms west of Manila by Thursday or about 630 kms west of the capital by Friday, weather forecasters said.
Pagasa also warns the new storm will dump moderate to intense rainfall or 10 to 25 mm amount of rainfall in areas that will be covered by Marce’s 400-km diameter.
PAGASA also warned the storm will enhance the rain activities of Southwest Monsoon, bringing in a stormy weather in the rest of Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and the Bicol regions.
At 4:00 p.m. today, the Tropical Storm “MARCE” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 240 km West of Iba, Zambales (15.4°N, 117.6°E) with maximum winds of 85 kph near the center center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecast to move South Southeast slowly.
Bataan and Zambales will experience rains with gusty winds. Metro Manila and the regions of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bicol will be cloudy with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon and the whole Visayas have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms. Mindanao will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast to East will prevail over Extreme Northern Luzon and coming from the Southwest to South over the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas.