'Maring' to exit PAR by Thursday
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Maring" will be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday, weather bureau PAGASA said.
As of 10 a.m., the storm was 575 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes, PAGASA said. It was packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of 90 kph. It was moving east-northeast at 7 kph.
Maring maintained its strength and remained almost stationary for most of the morning on Monday.
It is predicted to move 680 km east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Wednesday morning, and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning.
No public storm signal warnings have been raised.
Earlier, PAGASA lowered the rainfall advisory for Metro Manila to yellow at 12:15 p.m. after subsequently issuing red rainfall advisories. At 3:15 p.m., the weather bureau again issued a yellow rainfall advisory.
“Moderate to heavy rainfall is affecting Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Occidental Mindoro and most likely to continue for the next three hours,” PAGASA said, emphasizing that there may be flooding in low-lying areas.
Luzon was lashed by heavy monsoon rains due to the combined effects of Maring and the southwest monsoon, resulting in widespread flooding.