'Red warning' in 12 Metro Manila cities downgraded

Posted at 07/21/2012 8:19 AM | Updated as of 07/21/2012 10:46 PM
Photo courtesy of Johnson Manabat, dzMM

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) -The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has downgraded the red warning signal it raised over 12 cities in Metro Manila.

"All areas under Red Warning are now downgraded to Green Warning. These areas will experience moderate to heavy rains within the next 2 hours,” PAGASA stated in its Twitter account.

On Saturday morning, PAGASA placed the cities of Parañaque, Taguig, Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, San Juan, Quezon, Pasig, Marikina, Malabon, Navotas and Caloocan under the red warning signal due to the high amount of rainfall recorded in these areas.

A red warning signal is raised when the rainfall recorded is over 30 millimeters per hour, which means high risk of flooding.

“Medyo seryosong flooding ang inaasahan natin. Umalerto po at pinapayuhang mag-evacuate doon sa matataas na lugar,” weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas earlier said.

People are still advised to monitor the weather condition and watch out for PAGASA's next warning.

Meanwhile, tropical depression "Ferdie" was last spotted 130 kilometers northwest of Laoag City. It continues to move at 15 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.

Storm signal number 1 was hoisted over the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra.

PAGASA said Ferdie is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao especially the western section. -- With a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM