MANILA, July 22 (PNA) — Localized thunderstorms brought heavy rains that caused flooding in several areas of Metro Manila on Wednesday afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration PAGASA also issued at 4 p.m. a thunderstorm advisory affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna (Sta. Maria, Mabitac, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil) and Quezon (Real, Plaridel, Unisan, Agdangan) which could persist within two hours and might also affect nearby areas.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains affecting portions of Batangas, Bataan and Zambales might continue for one to two hours.
”All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy to intense rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flash floods. Keep monitoring for updates,” the agency said.
PAGASA explained that the convective activity brought about by intense heat triggered the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that bring rains.
The sudden downpour that started before 5 p.m. left several roads in Quezon City flooded and not passable to light vehicles.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said that as of 4 p.m., a low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted some 235 kilometers north of Virac, Catanduanes (15.7N, 124.7E).
In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol region and Quezon province.
The state weather bureau added that partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southeast to southwest will prevail over Northern Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southeast to southwest with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)