By Alexandria San Juan
Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Mindoro Provinces will continue to experience monsoon rains in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its advisory issued at 10 a.m. Friday.
This is caused by the southwest monsoon (habagat), which is being enhanced by a typhoon in China and the trough of a low-pressure area (LPA) that is expected to develop into a tropical depression with the local name “Hanna” within 48 hours.
PAGASA also said that cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will also prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan).
On Friday, heavy rains caused by the habagat flooded various parts of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces, forcing local government units to suspend classes. Government work was also suspended at 3 p.m.
At the height of the heavy downpour, a woman was pinned to death by a huge tree that fell and destroyed their house.
Omayra Sumala, 38, of Block 3, Pook Arboretum in Barangay UP Campus, was sleeping inside her house when the tree fell on their house at 4:30 a.m., the Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) Anonas Police Station (PS-9) said.
In its latest weather update, PAGASA said Tropical Storm Wipha (international name), which made a landfall in the southern part of China, further intensified the “habagat” which is affecting the western part of Luzon.
The state weather bureau continues to monitor the LPA last spotted 915 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.
According to PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong, the LPA is expected to develop into a typhoon before exiting PAR.
He added that the current weather disturbance is unlikely to make a landfall in the country as it continues to interact with Wipha.
The LPA’s trough or extension will trigger cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in the Bicol Region, Visayas, Caraga, and Northern Mindanao.
PAGASA warned residents of possible flashfloods or landslide during severe thunderstorms.
The rest of the country not affected by the trough of the LPA or the southwest monsoon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.
The state weather agency had earlier announced that at least two to three tropical cyclones will enter the country this month.
Based on historical record, tropical cyclones that enter the country in August usually cross Northern and Central Luzon.
So far, the Philippines have experienced below normal tropical cyclone activity this year due to El Niño, with only seven tropical cyclones that developed since the start of 2019.
The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually. (With a report fron Jhon Aldrin Casinas)
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