[PHOTO -Children play in the rain during a sudden downpour in Quezon City on Friday. The thunderstorm was brought about by the combined effects of the southwest monsoon and tropical depression "Ferdie." Photo by Cheryl Ravelo, Reuters]

MANILA, JULY 21, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Non-stop rains Friday night triggered floods in several parts of Metro Manila.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the EDSA-Shaw tunnel was impassable to light vehicles at around 7 p.m. due to 13-inch-deep floodwaters.

Gutter-deep floods also hit the southbound lane of EDSA-Ortigas at around 7:30 p.m.

All roads in Brgy. San Antonio in Makati were also submerged in floods and rendered not passable to all vehicles.

Makati Traffic officials said Malugay to Chino Roces, Gil Puyat to Filmore and Batangas were also flooded.

In Manila, floods hit U.N Avenue, Pedro Gil, Osmeña-Quirino eastbound.

Luzon floods

[PHOTO FROM PHILSTAR - A car hits the rear of a scooter on a flooded road in Bacoor, Cavite yesterday. An active low-pressure area which later intensified into a tropical depression caused heavy flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. MANNY MARCELO ]

Meanwhile, a river overflowed in Barangay Muntindilaw, Antipolo City Friday morning, triggering flashfloods.

In Cainta, several houses were also submerged in flood waters.

Classes were cancelled, but the announcement came too late as students had already left for school.

Classes at the elementary and high school levels were also cancelled in Parañaque, Pateros, San Mateo, Rodriguez and Teresa in Rizal, and Bacoor in Cavite.

In Bataan, classes were suspended at public elementary schools due to the rains.

A meeting of the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Council was also called with the rains expected to continue until the weekend.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, meanwhile, continues to monitor the situation and gives its assurance they will be ready to respond of the rains the floods continues. -- With reports from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News; ANC

Typhoon Ferdie Latest Update - PAGASA Source:

In the latest weather update of PAGASA issued at 5:00 p.m., 20 July 2012, the Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) east of Tuguegarao City has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named "FERDIE". It is now moving towards Extreme Northern Luzon.

At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Depression "FERDIE" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 130 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (18.4°N, 123.0°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west northwest at 13 kph, the weather bureau said.

Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao was also observed by PAGASA.

Rainfall Warning Update

Moderate to heavy (2.0-15.0mm/hr) rains is expected to affect Metro Manila area for the next 3 hours.

Flooding is possible in low-lying areas and those located near the river channels.


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