With tropical storm “Mario” expected to bring heavy rains and with flash floods expected to come soon after, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa has announced the suspension of classes for the entire Metro Manila. He made the announcement around 6:15 AM, as reported by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Erwin Aguilon:
Prior to Ochoa’s announcement, local government units took it upon themselves to issue class suspensions for their respective jurisdictions, one of which is Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.
Here’s the latest rainfall warning alert from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s Facebook page:
Heavy Rainfall Warning No.5 #NCR_PRSD
Weather System: Tropical Storm MARIO
Issued at 6:00 AM September 19,2014 (Friday)
Warning Level: RED
Areas: Rizal, Bulacan and Metro Manila
Impact: SEVERE FLOODING is expected.
Warning Level: ORANGE
Impact: FLOODING is THREATENING.
Warning Level: YELLOW
Areas: Cavite, Batangas and Quezon
Impact: : FLOODING in low-lying areas may still prevail over these areas.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains affecting Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan and Tarlac which may persist within 3 hours.