Satellite image of a new low-pressure area east of Cagayan. Source: PAGASA
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Another low-pressure area (LPA) is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone after tropical cyclone Henry exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
According to PAGASA’s monitoring, the new weather system was located some 540km east of Aparri, Cagayan.
Should it enters PAR, it will be named “Inday” and will be the country’s ninth cyclone this year.
It is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat that will further bring more rains across the country.
Based on PAGASA’s forecast, heavy rains will be experienced in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Autonomous Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.
Scattered rain showers will also be experienced in Bicol Region and the Visayas and thunderstorms in Mindanao.
A high tide warning is raised along Manila Bay at 1:48 p.m. which is expected to reach 1.2 meters high.
As of Wednesday morning (July 18), flooding was reported in most low-lying areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Motorists were advised to check on alternate routes as neck-deep flood rendered a portion of Araneta Avenue in Quezon City and is still impassable to all kinds of vehicles. Other flooded areas include R. Papa in Manila; Barangay Tatalon, Roxas District; E. Rodriguez Avenue in front of Delos Santos Medical City; and the Cubao tunnel along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City as well as other parts of Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, classes in public schools and government work in Metro Manila were suspended by Malacanang upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Government agencies involved in disaster and emergency response are exempted from the work suspension as they are expected to continue to render the necessary services, according to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Private companies, offices, and schools, meanwhile, were given discretion on whether to suspend work and classes. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo