No classes in Metro, other regions

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CLASSES in all levels in Metro Manila (National Capital Region) and in other regions lashed by Typhoon Lando have been suspended, except in Quezon City, which did not suspend classes in the tertiary level.

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Local government units announced the cancelation of classes on Sunday as the typhoon continued to dump rain on Metro Manila and several provinces.

Those that suspended classes include the cities of Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Caloocan, San Juan, Pasig, Parañaque, Marikina, Taguig, Pasay, Las Piñas and Malabon and Pateros town in Metro Manila; Ilocos Sur; Ilocos Norte; San Carlos City in Pangasinan; Isabela; Gapan City, Cabanatuan City and Muñoz City in Nueva Ecija; Pampanga; Hagonoy, Bocaue, Obando and Pulilan towns and Malolos City in Bulacan; Rizal; Cavite;San Pablo City in Laguna; Benguet; and Aurora.

The province of Tarlac also suspended classes but only from pre-school to high school.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said stormy weather will prevail in the next 24 hours in most parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said as of 4 p.m., Sunday, the eye of Typhoon Lando was located near Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.

The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of between 185 kph and 210 kph.

Although it weakened a bit, it slightly increased its speed from three kph to five kph as it moved west-northwest and continued to traverse the landmass of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Isabela.

The typhoon is expected to exit the landmass by Wednesday morning.

It is expected to make another landfall in extreme Northern Luzon by Thursday or Friday.

With its slow movement, Aurelio said the typhoon will linger in the country until Saturday, when it is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility and head toward Japan.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 was raised over the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan and Zambales.

Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over Metro Manila, as well as in the provinces of Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Aurora, Abra, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal and northern Quezon, including Polillo Islands.

Signal No. 1 is up in Batanes, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and the rest of Quezon province.

Rainfall is expected to be heavy to intense within the 600-km diameter of the typhoon.

Lando is forecast to be near Quirino and Ilocos Sur by Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday afternoon, it will be near Conner, Apayao, and is expected to be at 40 km north-northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, by Wednesday afternoon.

By Thursday afternoon, it will be 30 km south of Basco, Batanes.

WITH PNA

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