- PAGASA warns that Luzon and Visayas would be experiencing heavy rains in the next five days
- PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio says to prepare for flooding and landslides
- Marikina River has already overflowed, but has subsided to below Alert level 4
Government weather forecasting bureau PAGASA warned Luzon and Western Visayas to prepare for heavy rains in the next five days.
According to PAGASA, heavy monsoon will be pouring in Metro manila, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas.
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‘Within 5 days, maulan pa rin po dahil sa habagat. Walang tigil. Matagal-tagal pa tayong magtitiis’ said PAGASA spokesman Aldczar Aurelio.
(Within 5 days, there will be heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon. Nonstop rain. We will have to persevere through the heavy rains.)
The areas to be affected by the rains must brace themselves for flash flooding and landslides. In fact, low-lying areas are already reported to be flooded.
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As for Mindanao, Aurelio predicts that the area would experience generally good weather with only small chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.
According to Aurelio, the low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of responsibility are strengthening the southwest monsoon.
Aurelio explains that it is fortunate that the precipitation this year is much less than the amount of rainfall that fell during Ondoy in 2009. The storm known as Tropical Storm Ondoy devastated the Philippines, living hundreds dead.
‘Malayo 'yung ulan na binigay ng Ondoy (in 2009) sa habagat (ngayon),’ said Aurelio.
(The precipitation from Ondoy in 2009 was much more than the amount of rainfall due to the southwest monsoon now.)
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However, the current storm is still dangerous, with Marikina River overflowing and evacuation being recommended. However, the flooding of the river has subsided below Alert Level 4.
As for other areas of the Philippines, the coastal areas are set to experience moderate to rough rains alongside moderate to strong winds. – Kami Media