• ‘Maring’ keeps strength, brings heavy rains


    Expect more rains for the next few days.

    Tropical Depression ‘Maring’ kept its strength and brought heavy rains over Metro Manila and Luzon on Monday.

    Instead of moving away, Maring has stayed in place, said Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Gilbert Aquino.

    Maring has continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon which has brought heavy rains throughout the country, said Pagasa.

    Meanwhile, Aquino said that Maring was recorded at 580 km East of Itbayat, Batanes and was expected to move at seven kilometers per hour. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph with gustiness of 90 kph near its center.

    The 300-km in diameter tropical depression has a storm path of inverted letter “C” said, Pagasa. It is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday.

    No storm signal was raised throughout the country but heavy to intense rains were recorded in Luzon and Metro Manila. Orange rainfall advisory was also raised in most parts of Metro Manila and Luzon provinces.

    Manila, Caloocan City, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela City, Pasay City, Muntinlupa City, Laguna, Zambales, Bataan, and Batangas experienced heavy to intense rainfall which persisted for three hours.

    Heavy to moderate rain falls were seen in Pampanga, Rizal, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Occidental Mindoro, and Quezon Province.

    Maring also brought heavy to intense rainfall which caused dams reach its maximum level according to Pagasa. Ipo Dam had one gate open (three meters) because of 0.08 meter excess from its water level.

    Ambuklao Dam had 3 gates open (three meters each) while Binga Dam opened six gates at 5.5 meters each. Magat Dam opened one gate with two meters.

    Monsoon rains affected Metro Manila, Laoag City, Baguio City, Legazpi City, and Tagaytay City which will also experience cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms until Friday, Pagasa said.

    Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Tacloban City and Cagayan De Oro City will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms until Friday.

    A gale warning for seaboards of Luzon was raised due to strong winds from the Southwest area. Fishermen were advised not to venture small sea crafts due to strong waves and storm surge.


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