(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

TOP STORIES – Monday, May 15, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

15 May 2023, Monday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. SEA Games:

-PHL supplants Singapore for 5th place in SEA Games after 9-gold haul

-Olympians Ando, Paalam, Petecio spearhead PHL's gold rush in SEA Games

-Sibol captures third straight SEA Games gold in men's Mobile Legends

[CNN PHL, GMA News, Cebu Daily News, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Rappler]


2. COVID-19 cases

-DOH logs 2,109 new COVID-19 cases; active tally rises to 15,891

-COVID-19 positivity rate hits 23.6 percent nationwide

-Gov't hospitals preparing for possible uptick of COVID-19 patients due to Arcturus subvariant

[Manila Bulletin, Philstar, ABS-CBN News, GMA News] https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/870023/doh-logs-2-109-new-covid-19-cases-active-tally-rises-to-15-891/story/

3. House inquiry into PHL fertilizer use pushed [DZBB, One News, Philstar, BusinessMirror]


4. Dipolog City heat index reached 47°C Sunday, says PAGASA [CNN PHL, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, Inquirer]


5. PHL, Australian armies conduct 'Kasangga' exercises in Rizal [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


6. 1 dead, 4 hurt in Manila fire [ABS-CBN News, Inquirer, Philstar]


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