Rainfall alert down to Yellow; Monsoon rains to continue

(UPDATED) Maring-induced monsoon rains continue, after PAGASA lowers its rainfall warning for Metro Manila and neighboring provinces from Orange to Yellow

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FLOODED. People cross a flooded intersection in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – State weather bureau PAGASA has lowered its rainfall warning for Metro Manila and neighboring provinces from Orange to Yellow noon Monday, August 19, as tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami), continues to enhance the monsoon.

Maring has maintained its strength and has been “almost stationary” for the past 6 hours, PAGASA said in its 11 am tropical cyclone alert.

The center of the weather system was located 575 km east of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 am, carrying maximum winds of 75 km/h and gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Maring is forecast to move east northeast at 7 km/h, and will be 700 km east of Itbayat, by Tuesday morning. It is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday.

No public storm warning signals have been raised in any part of the country.

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image, 10:32 a.m., 19 August 2013. Image courtesy PAGASA

The rainfall warning for Metro Manila and neighboring provinces have been downgraded further to Yellow as of 12:15 pm Monday.

The Yellow warning means moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to persist in the next 3 hours in the following areas:

  • Metro Manila
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Rizal
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • Quezon

On the other hand, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro will have heavy to intense rainfall, and is expected to continue for the next 3 hours.

Flooding is possible in low-lying areas, the bureau said.

Heavy rain and flooding in many parts of Luzon has forced schools, government offices, and business to close Monday.

Waist-deep water in some parts of Manila made roads and highways unpassable.

READ: Maring-enhanced monsoon claims first casualty

Some commuters on public transport were left stranded, and had to wade waist-deep through muddy, trash-filled water.

PAGASA raised the Red rainfall advisory Sunday evening, August 18, as torrential rains pounded large parts of Luzon. It was then downgraded to Orange midmorning Monday. – With reports from the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

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