PAGASA issues red rainfall warning over NCR, nearby provinces

September 19, 2014 10:27 am 

MANILA, Sept. 19 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a "red" rainfall warning on Metro Manila and other nearby provinces around 6 a.m. Friday due to the combined effects of southwest monsoon and tropical storm "Mario".

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said that heavy to torrential rains is affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, and Bulacan.

Severe flooding is expected.

Residents of these areas are advised to take precautionary measures.

PAGASA said the red rainfall warning, the highest in its three-stage rainfall warning system, is due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm "Mario".

Red rainfall advisory is issued when downpour constitutes an emergency. This is raised when rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.

Mendoza said orange rainfall warning has been raised in the province of Laguna.

The orange rainfall advisory, the second in its three-stage rainfall warning system is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.

He added yellow rainfall warning issued in the provinces of Batangas‬, ‪Cavite‬ and Quezon.

A yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.

Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas. Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains continue to affect Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan and Tarlac which may persist within three hours. (PNA)



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