Orange rainfall alert raised over Metro Manila, provinces
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - State weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday morning extended an orange rainfall alert in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
This, amid rains spawned by the southwest monsoon (habagat) that has been made more intense by Tropical Storm Maring.
PAGASA, in an advisory issued 5 a.m., said heavy to intense rains were observed over most parts of Metro Manila and portions of Cavite and Rizal early Tuesday morning.
Moderate to heavy rains were also seen over parts of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, Laguna and Tarlac for the past 2 hours.
It added that the bad weather is expected to continue over the next 3 hours, with heavy to intense rains over Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, and Occidental Mindoro.
It also predicted moderate to heavy rains over portions of Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon.
"Flooding is threatening," the weather bureau warned.
Schools, government offices and the stock exchange were closed as a red rainfall alert was raised in the morning -- the highest level of a warning system in which widespread floods are predicted.
Classes remain suspended Tuesday in many areas in the metropolis and nearby provinces.