MANILA, Aug 20 (Mabuhay) -– Heavy rains may persist until tomorrow as tropical storm “Maring” continues to linger inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat).
PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said Maring took a U-turn before taking the north-northwest direction, explaining its long stay inside PAR.
“Ang pag-ulan sa Huwebes, improving na, ‘di na ganitong kalakas, pero bukas maaaring maranasan ang pag-ulan na ganito,” Loiz said, referring to the torrential rains being felt in Metro Manila and nearby areas since the weekend.
PAGASA said Maring was located 595 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 a.m. and was packing maximum winds of 95 kph near the center
and gusts of 120 kph.
Maring picked up speed and changed direction, moving north at 19 kph. PAGASA said with this movement, Maring is expected to leave PAR on Thursday.
An estimated rainfall of 10 to 40 millimeters per hour is expected within the storm’s 500-km diameter.
PAGASA warned fishermen against venturing out over the seaboards of Luzon due to possible big waves generated by the enhanced southwest monsoon.
Orange rainfall advisory
Meanwhile, in its 1:10 p.m. advisory, PAGASA issued an orange rainfall advisory over Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
PAGASA said heavy to intense rains over ,Metro Manila,Riza,Laguna,Cavite,Bulacan,Pampanga,Tarlac,Zambales, and ?Bataan, and moderate to heavy rains over northern Quezon and portions of Nueva Ecija are most likely to continue for the next 3 hours. (MNS)