Habagat, ALPA bring heavy rains

Posted at 07/20/2012 8:10 AM | Updated as of 07/20/2012 11:25 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The combined effects of the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat) and an active low pressure area (LPA) brought heavy rains in some parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas since Thursday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Friday.

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon and active LPA will particularly affect the eastern portion of central and southern Luzon.

The active LPA was last spotted 320 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Should the active LPA becomes a cyclone, it will be named “Ferdie.” It will be considered a tropical depression once it gains wind strength between 55-64 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Visayas and Mindanao will experience rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

Due to the floods triggered by the rains, several local government units (LGUs) announced the suspension of classes due to heavy rains.

The following LGUs suspended classes:

  • Pateros (public preschool, elementary and high school) - morning shift only
  • Parañaque (public and private preschool, elementary at high school) - morning shift only
  • Cainta, Rizal (public and private preschool, elementary and high school)
  • Antipolo City (public and private preschool, elementary and high school)
  • Angono, Rizal (public and private preschool, elementary and high school)
  • Cavite City (public and private preschool, elementary and high school)
  • Teresa, Rizal (public and private preschool, elementary and high school)