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LPA, habagat to bring more rains — PAGASA

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Expect more rains within the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.

Meanwhile, 11 Metro Manila cities and the town of Pateros have suspended classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, on Tuesday due to inclement weather brought by the southwest monsoon.

The weather agency said a low pressure area (LPA) was located 715 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora and 3 p.m. Tuesday, while the southwest monsoon also called habagat will bring rainshowers over central and southern Luzon, as well as the Visayas.

The two weather systems are expected to generate cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, the Bicol Region, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and Samar provinces.

Flash floods and landslides may occur due to moderate to heavy rains.

PAGASA said the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to overcast skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.

PAGASA said the wind speed forecast for extreme Northern Luzon will be moderate to strong, while coastal water conditions will be moderate to rough, ranging from 1.2 meters to 2.8 meters.

Slight to moderate wind speeds will be experienced by the rest of the country, with slight to moderate coastal water conditions, ranging from 0.6 meters to 2.5 meters, it added.

Four provinces in Southern Tagalog – Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Rizal – were also affected by the habagat, prompting local officials in those areas to also cancel the afternoon classes.

In the National Capital Region, classes were suspended in the cities of Taguig, Las Pinas, Caloocan, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Malabon, Pasay, and Valenzuela.

Local government officials in Calabarzon also declared no classes in the entire Rizal province, specifically Balete and Lian towns in Batangas; Bay, Los Banos and San Pedro City in Laguna.

In Cavite province, classes were suspended in Alfonso, Bacoor, Cavite City, Dasmarinas, General Mariano Alvarez, General Trias, Imus, Indang, Kawit, Magallanes, Maragondon, Mendez-Nunez, Naic, Noveleta, Rosario, Silang, Tagaytay, Tanza, Ternate and Trece Martirez.

Meanwhile, heavy downpour spawned floods and caused traffic jams on major thoroughfares in the cities of Pasay, Mandaluyong and Quezon, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Flooded streets also slowed down traffic along the southbound lane of Efipanio de los Santos Avenue near the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) building, and the northbound on ramp and southbound off ramp of EDSA-Ortigas. 

Light flash floods were also monitored on the westbound lane of Manila International Airport – Domestic Road in Pasay City and along the northbound lane of Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City.

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