5 areas left under signal no. 1 as Maring exits land

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MANILA, Philippines – Only 5 areas remain under signal number 1 following the exit of Tropical Depression Maring from landmass on Tuesday evening, September 12.

In a bulletin issued past 8 pm on Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Maring already crossed the Zambales mountain range and is now over water, off the coast of Zambales, 10 kilometers west southwest of the municipality of Iba.

It is still moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h), with maximum winds of 60 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.

Only the following areas remain under signal number 1:

The tropical depression will continue to bring moderate to heavy rain to Zambales and Bataan, while Tarlac, Pampanga, and Bulacan will have light to heavy rain. There could still be more floods and landslides in these areas.

In Taytay, Rizal, heavy rain had triggered a landslide early Tuesday morning, leaving two teenaged brothers dead. Several areas have been flooded, prompting evacuations in various provinces.

Earlier, Tuesday classes were suspended in the entire Metro Manila as well as various provinces. 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 was no trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Some cities and provinces have decided to also suspend classes for Wednesday, September 13.

PAGASA warned that sea travel remains risky in the seaboards of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mindoro.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Maring as of September 12, 8 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Maring as of September 12, 8 pm.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Typhoon Lannie

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

Lannie continues to move toward Taiwan, with 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.

Lannie is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon, while Maring will leave PAR either Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, September 14. – Rappler.com