TROPICAL STORM 'MARING' UPDATES


Tropical storm Maring, the 13th to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year, as seen from a satellite image by Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. Byte-sized updates on the 13th tropical storm in the country: Maring.

MANILA, AUGUST 19, 2013
(PHILSTAR) Weather System: Southwest Monsoon (‪#‎Habagat‬) enhanced by Tropical Storm “MARING”

Target Area: ‪#‎Metro‬ Manila Issued at: 9:00 PM, 18 August 2013 (Sunday)

Heavy to intense rains are affecting Metro Manila, ‪#‎Bataan‬, ‪#‎Zambales‬, ‪#‎Bulacan‬, ‪#‎Pampanga‬, ‪#‎Tarlac‬, ‪#‎NuevaEcija‬, ‪#‎Rizal‬, ‪#‎Cavite‬, ‪#‎Laguna‬ and ‪#‎Batangas‬ and most likely to continue for the next 3hrs.

• SEVERE FLOODING is expected. • ALL are advised to take precautionary measures.

Marikina river at alert level 2; families evacuated (philstar.com) | Updated August 18, 2013 - 10:39pm 0 11 googleplus0 1 MANILA, Philippines - The Marikina River has reached alert level 2 on Sunday evening due to the heavy downpour, prompting several families to evacuate.

The Public Information Office (PIO) of the Marikina City government said on its Twitter account that the waters of Marikina River have reached 16 meters as of 10:37 p.m.

The Marikina City PIO said some families have been evacuated as of 11 p.m.:

Bulelak Gym: 23 families / 113 persons Concepcion Elementary school: 16 families / 68 persons H.Bautista Elementary school: 43 Families / 229 persons Nangka Elementary school: 20 families / 93 persons Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman has suspended classes in all levels in both public and private schools for Monday, August 19.

The city government's PIO also said that the Marikina Sumulong underloop bridge is currently not passable while the Katipunan exit, Rainbow, Tangerine and Pio Del Pilar are not passable to light vehicles.

Class suspension announcements for Monday, August 19

(philstar.com) | Updated August 18, 2013 - 10:00pm 189 208 googleplus1 0 MANILA, Philippines – Several local government units in Metro Manila and Luzon have announced suspension of classes for August 19, 2013 due to Tropical Storm Maring.

METRO MANILA

Caloocan City all levels, private and public

Las Piñas preschool to high school

Makati all levels, private and public

Malabon pre-school to college, public and private

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Mandaluyong elementary to high school, private and public

Manila elementary to high school, public and private

Marikina all levels public and private

Muntinlupa pre-school and high school

Navotas pre-school to high school, public and private

Parañaque all levels, private and public

Pasay elementary and high school, public and private

Pasig pre-school and kinder

Pateros all levels

San Juan City all levels, private and public

Taguig day care, elementary and high school, public and private

Valenzuela pre-school, daycare/kinder

OUTSIDE METRO MANILA

Angeles, Pampanga elementary to high school, public and private

Antipolo City, Rizal pre-school, elementary, high school public and private

Bacoor City, Cavite pre-school to high school, public and private

Bataan all levels

Benguet all levels

Cainta, Rizal all levels, public and private

Cavite province preschool to high school

Dinalupihan, Bataan all levels

Hagonoy, Bulacan pre-elementary to high school, private and public

Laguna all levels

Malolos, Bulacan pre-school to high school

Marilao, Bulacan all levels

Montalban, Rizal all levels

Olongapo City pre-school to high school

Obando, Bulcan all levels, private and public

Rodriguez, Rizal all levels

San Mateo, Rizal elementary and high school, public and private

Sta. Rosa, Laguna pre-school, elementary and high school

Subic, Zambales all levels, public and private

Taytay, Rizal all levels, public and private

SCHOOLS/UNIVERSITIES

CEU Manila and CEU Makati classes and office operations

Don Bosco College - Canlubang all levels

DLSU Taft, Makati, and STC campuses all levels, including office work

Jose Rizal University all levels

La Salle Green Hills High School

Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila

Manila Central University all levels including College of Medicine

St. Scholastica's College Manila all levels and work

UP Manila classes and office work

Xavier School Nuvali all levels

Red rainfall alert up over Metro Manila, 10 provinces; some areas flooded (philstar.com) | Updated August 18, 2013 - 9:46pm 45 21 googleplus0 0 MANILA, Philippines - The southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm "Maring" dumped heavy rains over Metro Manila on Sunday and caused flooding in some areas.

At 9 p.m. on Sunday, PAGASA issued a red rainfall advisory for Metro Manila, saying heavy rainfall was observed for the past three hours and may persist until the next three hours.

"Heavy to intense rains are affecting Metro Manila, ‪#‎Bataan‬, ‪#‎Zambales‬, ‪#‎Bulacan‬, ‪#‎Pampanga‬, ‪#‎Tarlac‬, ‪#‎NuevaEcija‬, ‪#‎Rizal‬, ‪#‎Cavite‬, ‪#‎Laguna‬ and ‪#‎Batangas‬ and most likely to continue for the next three hours," the state weather bureau said.

PAGASA said severe flooding is expected and that all are advised to take precautionary measures.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said seven to eight inches of floodwaters were reported on E. Rodriguez-Araneta Avenue in Quezon City and 27 inches of floodwaters on R. Papa Street in Manila.

Knee-deep floods were also reported on Maria Clara Biak na Bato, Gumamela St. Brgy. Roxas in Quezon City, Brgy. Tatalon Araneta Villa España, and Brgy. Sto. Domingo Biak na Bato Street.

Waist-deep flood was also reported on Brgy. Sto Domingo Maria Clara Street.

Storm-enhanced Habagat affecting Phl: PAGASA By Louis Bacani | Updated August 18, 2013 - 9:37pm 60 69 googleplus0 0 MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm "Maring" is not expected to hit the Philippines directly but it is enhancing the southwest monsoon, which is now affecting the entire country, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 4 p.m., Maring has intensified into a tropical storm and was located at 560 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is forecast to move east northeast at 7 kph and due to its slow movement, and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday headed towards Taiwan.

PAGASA said Maring continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains that may also trigger flashfloods and landslides over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, and Benguet, Zambales, Bataan and Occidental Mindoro.

The weather agency advises residents in these areas to take all the necessary precautionary measures.

PAGASA said that Mindanao, Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of the Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

The weather agency also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm "Maring" to affect the seaboards of Luzon.

"Fishermen and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.


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