While Typhoon Melor has fizzled in the South China Sea, another tropical depression is targeting the Philippines, threatening to cause additional flooding and disruptions to cleanup efforts.
Tropical Depression 29W, known as Onyok in the Philippines, will move into southern Mindanao Friday night, local time, but will pale in comparison to Typhoon Melor.
The depression is not expected to strengthen into a tropical storm, limiting the damaging wind threat.
However, a stiff northeasterly wind will still blow along the entire eastern coast of the Philippines, kicking up rough surf and heightening the risk of coastal flooding.
Potentially flooding downpours will be the most widespread impact from the depression. While Melor was a compact storm, the downpours associated with the depression will spread well away from its center and impact not just Mindanao but also Visayas.
"The downpours [from the depression] will be most numerous into Friday, then will become more scattered for Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.
Rain amounts will generally be on the order of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) with localized amounts to 150 mm (6 inches). "Any additional rainfall in rain-soaked areas could increase flooding that is already ongoing," Richards said.
Downpours will not just be confined to the central and southern Philippines. Moisture streaming into Luzon will lead to rain, some heavy, in eastern areas. The heaviest rain and greatest threat for flooding downpours will be along eastern slopes of the higher terrain.
While a shower or thunderstorm will occasionally stream into Manila, the majority of the downpours will stay east of the capital.
Even where new flooding does not arise, any rain will hinder cleanup efforts in the wake of the damage and flooding caused by Typhoon Melor.
Melor made an initial landfall over Bulusan, Sorogon, in southern Luzon at 4 p.m. local time on Monday afternoon as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. Three more landfalls followed into Tuesday before Melor dissipated in the South China Sea on Wednesday.
At least 11 people were killed as Melor crossed the Philippines and unleashed damaging winds and widespread flooding rain, according to Agency France-Presse.
Melor caused the cancellation of schools and universities in areas impacted by the cyclone while also leading to numerous travel delays and flight cancellations.
Rainfall totaled over 175 mm (7 inches) in Masbate City and 150 mm (6 inches) in Legazpi City as the cyclone tracked through the central Philippines on Monday.
Heavy rain inundated parts of Mindoro on Tuesday and Wednesday with rainfall totaling over 250 mm (10 inches) in Calapan City.
Among the highest rainfall totals recorded was the more than 480 mm (19 inches) that inundated Cabanatuan City in Luzon Tuesday into Wednesday night. Flooding ensued in Manila where around 200 mm (8 inches) poured down.
Its 1 p.m. in #Catarman and the winds are only getting stronger. #NonaPH pic.twitter.com/GqPP01uBIh— Michael Brian Yu (@michaelbrianyu) December 14, 2015