Maring, Lannie to bring rains in Luzon

Helen Flores - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — A tropical depression and a typhoon which entered the Philippine area of responsibility will continue to dump rains over parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

The state weather bureau yesterday issued flood warnings in many parts of Luzon due to heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Maring, which intensified from a low-pressure area yesterday.

On the other hand, Typhoon Lannie (international name Talim) also entered the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday afternoon.

Between the two cyclones, Maring could bring more rains over most parts of the country that could trigger flashfloods and landslides, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Rene Paciente, PAGASA assistant weather services chief, said Maring is forecast to make landfall over Quezon-Aurora area this afternoon.

It is expected to cross Northern and Central Luzon provinces before exiting the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon, Paciente said.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Northern Quezon, including Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino and Nueva Ecija. 

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, yellow or heavy rainfall warning was raised over Quezon, Laguna and Batangas.

Maring started yesterday to dump moderate to occasionally heavy rain over Bicol, Aurora, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales and Pangasinan.

It was spotted 300 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph.

It was forecast to move west-northwest at 13 kph.

PAGASA issued general flood advisories over Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas, Davao region, Caraga and Zamboanga peninsula.

Meanwhile, PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano said Lannie is not expected to hit the Philippines.

With the two weather disturbances, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council warned residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces of occasional heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Yesterday, four domestic flights were cancelled because of bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority said.

Cancelled were Cebu Pacific flights 5J821 (Manila-Virac) and 5J822 (Virac-Manila) and Philippine Airlines Express Manila-Naga 2P2265 flight and return flight Naga-Manila 2P2266. – With Michael Punongbayan, Rudy Santos

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