METRO Manila and nearby provinces woke up Thursday morning to heavy rain due to a southwest monsoon affecting Luzon and the Western Visayas enhanced by tropical storm “Gorio” (international codename: Noru).
Most cities in the metropolis suspended classes in all levels as a result of the downpour.
As of 3 a.m., “Gorio” was spotted 595 kilometers east-northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or 625 east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 105kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in its 4 a.m. bulletin.
It is forecast to move north-northwest at 13kph.
”Gorio” is forecast develop into a severe tropical storm within 24-36 hours, Pagasa said.
Pagasa warned against flashfloods and landslides over Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and the provinces of Mindoro and Palawan.
It said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms would be experienced over Visayas and the regions of Cagayan Valley, Bicol and the provinces of Marinduque and Romblon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorm will prevail over Mindanao.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with moderate to occasionally rough seas, Pagasa said.