Stranded: Pedestrians are seen on a traffic island on the flooded intersection of Taft and UN Avenues in Manila yesterday. The southwest monsoon continued to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains in Metro Manila, causing deep floods in several areas.
Miguel De Guzman
More rains in Luzon, Metro Manila expected until Friday
Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - September 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — More rains are expected in many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, until Friday due to the southwest monsoon, which is being enhanced by two low-pressure areas inside the country.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, a low-pressure area was spotted at 895 kilometers east-northeast of Basco in Batanes, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the new low-pressure area was formed from the remnants of Tropical Depression Marilyn, which left the country on Saturday.

Rojas said the low-pressure area was forecast to develop into a tropical depression in the coming days and will be named Nympha.

The southwest monsoon will continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms over Zambales, Bataan and Cavite today.

Residents in these areas have been told to brace for possible flooding and landslides.

Light to moderate to at times heavy rains will persist over Metro Manila, Western Visayas and the rest of Central and Southern Luzon.

Classes were suspended yesterday in some parts of the country, including Metro Manila, due to inclement weather brought by the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA warned the public against rough to very rough seas in Palawan and Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, another low-pressure area was spotted at 280 km west of Iba, Zambales.

State weather forecasters said it has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will enhance the southwest monsoon.

The weather system is likely to cross mainland Luzon and merge with the other low-pressure area off Batanes.

PAGASA is also monitoring a tropical storm with international name Peipah east of Luzon.

It was spotted at 2,295 km east of extreme Northern Luzon as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

The storm packed winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 90 kph. It was moving northwest at 45 kph.

Rojas said the storm was unlikely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

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