(UPDATE) Tropical storm “Mario” slowed down but has maintained its strength while moving over the Luzon Strait, the state weather bureau said.
In its 11 pm update, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said “Mario” maintained its maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour. Its center, as of 10 pm Friday, was spotted 91 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos norte.
“Mario” is moving slow at 17 kilometers per hour and is forecast to be near Southern Taiwan on Saturday night, and completely outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday evening.
Public storm warning signals remain in the following areas:
Signal number 2:
Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte
Signal number 1:
Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra and Ilocos Sur
As "Mario" moves, several areas have been placed under state of calamity as tropical storm "Mario" pounds parts of Luzon.
Officials have declared a state of calamity in Cainta, Rizal and Dagupan, Pangasinan; and in Marikina City where heavy flooding has been reported.
Class suspensions for Saturday:
— DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) September 19, 2014
Two dams are above spilling level as of 4:00 pm, according to Manila Water. Ipo dam water level at Norzagaray, Bulacan is at least 1.73 meters above spilling level while La Mesa dam water level in Quezon City is above spilling level of 80.15 meters.
"Ang La Mesa Dam ay walang gates tulad ng Angat at Ipo na pwedeng buksan kung puno na. Kusa itong umaapaw sa lebel na 80.15m," Manila Water said.
Meanwhile, rainfall warning has been lowered in Metro Manila, said Pagasa.
In its 9 pm update, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued the highest rainfall warning for Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Tarlac.
Orange rainfall warning (flooding is threatening) over Bataan while the lowest rainfall warning (Yellow warning) is up for Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, and Pampanga.
"Mario" also forced evacuations in several areas in Luzon. Government data shows that at least 113 evacuation centers are housing at least 10,320 families or 51,772 persons.
"Twelve of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have evacuation centers. Cities of Quezon, Caloocan Marikina have the most number with 22 each."
In Central Luzon, 963 families or 3,629 persons are scattered in 16 evacuation centers while in Southern Luzon, at least seven evacuation centers are now providing temporary shelter to 1,762 families or 5,360 persons.
In Bicol Region, at least five evacuation centers are housing 164 families while Central Visayas also has five serving 38 families, according to Official Gazette.
Heavy rains brought by tropical storm Mario has flooded several areas in Metro Manila and various provinces. Here are the collated updates from various government agencies, corporations, and netizens.
Rainfall warning as of 12:17 pm:
ORANGE: #OccidentalMindoro #Aklan; #Antique; #NorthernPalawan
YELLOW: #Iloilo; #Capiz;
As of 11: 40 am: "Mario" makes landfall in Cagayan province
Traffic update: Makati Traffic reports flooding in Brgy. Palanan: Emilia, SSH, Dian, Ampere, Enrique, Dayap (1 foot) - not passable;
As of 11:30 am: The Metro Manila Development Authority has suspended the number coding system in Metro Manila, with the exception of Makati City and Las Pinas.
Weather satellite update:
Weather satellite feed as of Sep 19, 2014 11:00 AM. pic.twitter.com/5tkM0DeAmV
— Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) September 19, 2014
11:20 am: Dagupan City declares state of calamity. At least 26 barangays affected by typhoon "Luis" and "Mario," according to a report in dzBB.
11: 18 am: Pagasa tells a press conference rains may persist until Friday night in Metro Manila and in Calabarzon.
11:09 am: #RescuePH hashtag showing requests for rescue in Brookside Hills, Villa Olympia townhomes in Cainta, Rizal; Araneta Avenue in Quezon City; P. Zamora St. in Caloocan City; Phase 2 in Dela Costa, Montalban, Rizal; Provident village in Marikina City.
DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman says at least 1,276 families are in various evacuation centers in National Capital Region, Regions 3 & 4A.
PAL cancels several domestic flights:
The following PAL flights have been cancelled due to typhoon Mario.
PR 2P 2981/2982
PR 2P 2021/2022
Flight cancellations (via Cebu Pacific)
The following Cebu Pacific flights have been cancelled:
5J 513 / 5J 514 Manila – San Jose – Manila
5J 327 / 5J 328 Manila –Legazpi – Manila
5J 329 / 5J 330 Manila –Legazpi – Manila
5J 447 / 5J 448 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 977 / 5J 978 Manila –Davao – Manila
5J 971 / 5J 970 Manila –Davao – Manila
5J 703 / 5J 704 Manila – Dipolog – Manila
5J 857 / 5J 858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 995 / 5J 996 Manila - General Santos - Manila
"CEB will re-accommodate affected passengers in the soonest available flights or they may avail any of the following options without any penalties or fees:
- Free rebooking of flight within 30 days from original departure date;
- Full refund or travel fund.
Passengers may call +(632) 7020-888 or +(6332) 230-8888 for their preferred option. CEB will provide updates soon as available."
10:00 am: Situation in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City:
— Alfie (@iamAlfieV) September 19, 2014
9:50 am: Department of Foreign affairs suspends passport and authentication services
Advisory: "The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises the public that there will be no passport, authentication, and other consular services at DFA-Aseana (at Macapagal Boulevard) and all mall-based DFA Satellite Offices (SOs) in Metro Manila on 19 September 2014 (Friday) due to inclement weather conditions in Metro Manila."
LRT 1 update:
LRT1 - R.Papa Station road level flooded waist deep, Balintawak Station knee deep.
— Hernando T. Cabrera (@attycabs) September 19, 2014
Traffic updates from Skyway: The following areas are not passable for light vehicles
9:20 AM Half Tire Deep at Buendia / Dela Rosa: Not passable to light vehicles. Take alternate route; Amorsolo Ramp, Don Bosco Ramp, Buendia Ramp
San Juan City:
— Rex Remitio (@Rexremitio) September 19, 2014
Situation in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City:
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 19, 2014
Loyola Heights, Quezon City:
— 9News Philippines (@9newsph) September 19, 2014
Country homes in Cainta:
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) September 19, 2014
In Talayaan Village, Quezon City:
— Astig (@omnibudget) September 19, 2014
LRT-MRT operations (as of 9:26 am): Spokesman Hernando Cabrera says LRT/MRT will continue to operate "unless power supply is cut-off or if conditions become unsafe to pax and personnel." He also noted that V. Mapa & Pureza Stations are now flooded (knee deep).
Situation in Damayan, Quezon City:
— Gelo Boyao (@angeloalimboyao) September 19, 2014
In Sto. Nino, Marikina City
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) September 19, 2014
Heavy Rainfall Warning No.6
Weather System: Tropical Storm MARIO
Issued at 9:00 AM September 19,2014 (Friday)
Warning Level: RED
Areas: #MetroManila, #Rizal, #Bulacan and #Laguna
Impact: SEVERE FLOODING is expected.
Warning Level: ORANGE
Impact: FLOODING is THREATENING.
Warning Level: YELLOW
Areas: #Bataan, #Cavite, #Batangas and #Quezon
Impact: FLOODING in low-lying areas may still prevail over these areas.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains affecting#Pampanga, #NuevaEcija and #Tarlac which may persist within 3 hours.
The public and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council concerned are advised to MONITOR the weather condition and watch for the next advisory to be issued at 12:00 PM today.
Situation in Cainta:
— Typhoon Watch (@TyphoonWatchPH) September 19, 2014
Important numbers to remember:
— Typhoon Watch (@TyphoonWatchPH) September 19, 2014
Makati Traffic update: EMERGENCY UPDATE: As of 8:35 AM, reported flooded areas in Brgy. Palanan: Emilia St., South Super Highway (3 feet), Yakal St., Mayapis St., Malugay St. (2 1/2 feet). Not passable. #MakatiTraffic
9:00 am: La Mesa dam nears spilling level:
Malapit na po sa spilling level (80.15m) ang La Mesa Dam at inaasahan ito na umapaw mamayang 10am. #MarioPH
— Manila Water (@ManilaWaterPH) September 19, 2014
8:50 am: (via MarikinaPIO) #MarikinaRiver water level at 19.5m as of 8:50am. 9-19-14 all floodgates open (Critical Alert Level ) FORCED EVACUATION
— PIO Marikina (@MarikinaPIO) September 19, 2014
As of 7:00 am: The center of Tropical Storm #MarioPH was estimated at 154 km East Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, with maximum winds/gustiness of 85/100 kilometers per hour.
Class and work suspensions:
Malacanang has cancelled classes and work in government offices as Typhoon Mario hits several parts of the country.
In a statement Friday, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., upon the recommendation of National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, announced the suspension of classes in all levels, public and private in the following areas.
Metro Manila; Zambales; Bataan; Pampanga; Tarlac; Nueva Ecija; Bulacan; Rizal; Cavite; Batangas; Laguna; Quezon, including Polillo Island; Mindoro Provinces; Camarines Norte; Marinduque; and Pangasinan. (as of 8:30 AM)
Work in the government offices in the following areas, "except for those agencies whose work involves the delivery of basic and health services, disaster response and other vital public services” has been cancelled as well:
Metro Manila; Zambales; Bataan; Pampanga; Tarlac; Nueva Ecija; Bulacan; Rizal; Cavite; Batangas; Laguna; Quezon, including Polillo Island; Mindoro Provinces; Camarines Norte; Marinduque; and Pangasinan.