The enhanced southwest monsoon continued to dump heavy rains despite the exit of typhoon “Hanna” on Friday, causing floods in Metro Manila, and suspension of work and classes in parts of Luzon and the Visayas.
Hannah, with international name “Lekima,” has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 12:30 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Early Friday, local government units suspended classes in cities of Metro Manila and selected areas in Baguio City, Benguet, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Cavite, Rizal, Romblon and Iloilo.
In the afternoon, heavy rains also prompted the Supreme Court to order the early dismissal of Metro Manila courts at 3:00 p.m.
Malacañang also suspended government work and classes in Metro Manila through Memorandum Circular 64 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Agencies with functions related to “basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services” were asked to resume work, while private companies, offices and schools were left to exercise discretion.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or the number coding scheme for private and public utility vehicles in Metro Manila except for Makati City at 3 p.m.
Earlier on Friday, MMDA reported 8- to 10-inch flooding along España Boulevard and España corner Maceda Streets, Loyola corner Paredes Streets, Bocobo corner Remedios Nakpil Streets, Avenida along D. Jose Street, and Avenida corner Tugoso Streets in Manila.
In Marikina City, first alarm was raised in Marikina River after the water level reached 15 meters as of 3:06 p.m.
During the first alarm, residents were advised to prepare for evacuation. A second alarm will be raised if the water reaches 16 meters and third alarm will be if it reaches 18 meters.
The Marikina City government, however, said there were no reported floods yet.
Due to the bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority also announced the cancellation of several flights, including two domestic destinations. Canceled flights as of 6 a.m. were China Airlines flights CI701 (Taipei-Manila) and CI702 (Manila-Taipei); Philippine Airlines flights PR890 (Manila-Taipei) and PR891 (Taipei-Manila); Cebu Pacific flights 5J312 (Manila-Taipei) and 5J313 (Taipei-Manila); Air Asia flights Z2-124 (Manila-Taipei) and Z2-125 (Taipei-Manila); and Skyjet flights M8-816 (Manila-Basco) and M8-817 (Basco-Manila).
As of 4 p.m. on Friday, Pagasa announced that the hanging habagat or southwest monsoon would continue to affect the whole country.
Monsoon rains were expected to prevail in the next 24 hours over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Mindoro Provinces and Palawan.
Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms were expected in Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon, while the rest of the country would likely experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms, Pagasa said.
While Signal No.1 was lifted after the exit of Hanna from PAR, gale warning remained up in most parts of the country. These areas were Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon including Polilio Island, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Samar provinces, Leyte provinces, Biliran, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis provinces, the northern coast of Lanao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao provinces including Siargao Island and Davao Oriental.
Pagasa warned against venturing out into the affected seas.
With a reports from CATHERINE VALENTE, JOMAR CANLAS, JAN ARCILLA, BENJAMIN L. VERGARA AND FRANCIS CUETO