PH expects no storm in next few days; monsoon rains to affect Luzon, Visayas

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Philippine weather update as of September 16, 2019

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country will not experience storms in the next three days, but the southwest monsoon may bring continuous rains in most parts of Luzon and Western Visayas. 

According to PAGASA senior weather forecaster Gener Quitlong, the shallow low pressure area (SLPA) which last seen at 535 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales has exit the country and is expected to dissipate within the next few days. 

Tropical Depression Marilyn, on the other hand, has weakened into an LPA as it moves further away from the country. And as of 2 a.m, the weather disturbance was approximately at 1,665 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes. 

Meanwhile, PAGASA said that the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat will affect Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas today. 

Quitlong added that Metro Manila weather will improve by tomorrow and the next day. 

In addition, good weather in Baguio City will prevail until Wednesday although there may be isolated rains due to thunderstorms. 

The rest of the country will, however, experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains.

So far, PAGASA has tracked a total of 13 cyclones that have entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year. 

Rains flooded some areas in Bulacan

On a different note, low-lying areas in Bulacan have been flooded yesterday by over two feet of water due to moderate to heavy rains. 

The rainwater has filled the river system in the San Jose del Monte and ran down to Santa Maria, Bocaue, Marilao, Meycauayan City waterways, which caused overflow in low-lying places. 

According to the report of Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office  (PDRRMO), at least 4 barangays in Meycauayan City were swamped up to more than one feet. Four barrios in Marilao were flooded up to over two feet while another four Bocaue areas were submerged up to one foot. 

The PDRRMO also said that as of noon yesterday, Lias Road in Marilao town was still unpassable and updates on flood situations in the province are still ongoing. 

As of 8 am yesterday, the water level of Angat Dam increased to 187.03 meters, PDRRMO added. However, this still 24.97 meters lower compared to its normal high water level of 212 meters. Bustos Dam was at 17.62 meters, which is quite above its spilling level whereas Ipo Dam was at 101.23 meters, also above its above its normal spilling level of 101.00 meters.

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