Storm 'Maring' gets stronger, won't budge
MANILA – Tropical storm "Maring" has intensified as it remained almost stationary near Batanes, weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday.
In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Maring remains 600 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes.
The storm grew stronger and is now packing 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph. It also picked up speed, moving north at 11 kph.
It said monsoon rains are expected over the entire Luzon and western Visayas.
PAGASA said no storm warning signal has been raised. However, due to the combined effects of the storm and the enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat), it issued a red rainfall advisory over Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
In an advisory issued 7:30 a.m., PAGASA said heavy to torrential rains are currently affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro.
Moderate to heavy rains affecting Batangas, Laguna and Quezon are also most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.
"Severe flooding is expected," PAGASA said.
A red alert is issued when downpours constitute an emergency.
This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 millimeters within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.
People living in low-lying areas under the red rainfall warning are advised to immediately seek higher ground because of widespread flooding.
PAGASA said the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, while Mindanao's skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains and thunderstorms.