Several streets in Metro Manila were submerged in floodwaters on Saturday as severe Tropical Storm “Domeng” intensified, enhancing the southwest monsoon (habagat) affecting Luzon and Visayas.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that Kalayaan Avenue and Maharlika Street adjacent to Elliptical Road, and Biak na Bato Road corner Don Manuel Street, in Quezon City had gutter-deep floodwaters.
The agency added that a portion of East Avenue in front of the National Kidney Institute and a segment of the southbound lane of Edsa-Tramo Street in Pasay were also affected by gutter-deep floodwaters.
The MMDA, however, said that all affected roads were passable to light vehicles.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the heavy rains hitting Metro Manila and other provinces were triggered by the southwest monsoon that was exacerbated by Domeng.
Pagasa promptly issued an orange warning for Cavite, while a yellow warning has been raised all over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna and Rizal.
The weather bureau said that flooding was possible in those provinces, especially in low-lying areas.
According to Pagasa’s color-coded rainfall advisories, a yellow warning (or heavy rainfall) means flooding is possible in low-lying areas and areas near rivers, while an orange warning (intense rainfall) indicates that “flooding is threatening” to hit affected communities.
The orange alert means residents should stay alert for possible evacuation.
The highest alert, red warning (torrential rainfall), means that serious flooding is expected.
As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, the center of the severe tropical storm was estimated at 640 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It was forecast to move north-northeast at 27 kph.
Nikos Peñaranda, Pagasa specialist, said Domeng was expected out of the country by Sunday morning and its effect on habagat will weaken.
By Monday, Domeng will head to a north-northeasterly direction as it leaves Philippine area of responsibility. —With a report from Melvin Gascon
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