PAGASA: Forecasts OK despite Tagaytay radar repair
MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA assured the public Monday, August 19, that weather forecasts for Metro Manila and Calabarzon were not hampered by the repairs being done on the Tagaytay Doppler radar, after the area experienced torrential rain since the weekend.
The radar was hit by lightning last May, the bureau said during the Monday afternoon (August 19) press briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC), and is still undergoing repairs.
The radar is currently under testing mode, but it is "not a problem" because the Subic Doppler radar can still cover the areas usually monitored by the Tagaytay radar.
The Metro Manila area has an advantage due to the presence of these two radars, the bureau said.
The forecasting and monitoring of the areas affected by the monsoon rains were not affected, the bureau added.
Torrential rain paralyzed large parts of Luzon Monday as neck-deep water swept through homes.
Schools, government offices and the stock exchange in the megacity of 12 million people closed as a red alert was raised in the morning, the highest level of a warning system in which widespread floods are predicted. - With reports from Carmela Fonbuena and the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com