Maring slightly intensifies as it heads for Quezon-Aurora

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Maring slightly intensified before dawn on Tuesday, September 12, as it continued moving toward the Quezon-Aurora area, where it is expected to make landfall in the afternoon.

In a bulletin issued 5 am on Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Maring is already 80 kilometers north of Daet, Camarines Norte, moving west northwest at 11 kilometers per hour (km/h).

The tropical depression now has maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.

Signal number 1 is raised in 19 areas due to Maring:

The tropical depression is bringing moderate to heavy rain to the regions of Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa, as well as the province of Pangasinan. These areas should watch out for floods and landslides.

Due to the heavy rain, classes were suspended in several cities and provinces for Tuesday.

Malacañang also suspended work in government offices in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. The Supreme Court suspended work in courts in the same 3 regions as well, while there will be no trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is dangerous in the eastern seaboards of Aurora, Quezon, and Bicol.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Maring as of September 12, 5 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Maring as of September 12, 5 am.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Typhoon Lannie

PAGASA also continues to monitor Typhoon Lannie (Talim), which is not directly affecting the country, unlike Maring.

Lannie is already 1,190 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, moving west northwest toward the Batanes-Taiwan area at 26 km/h.

The typhoon continues to have maximum winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 145 km/h.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals due to Lannie.

Both Maring and Lannie are expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, September 14. – Rappler.com