TROPICAL Storm "Gorio" has slowed down while moving north northwest of the country, but it was expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm, said the weather bureau Thursday, July 27.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, Gorio was spotted at 615 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It was packing maximum winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 105 kph.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has not raised any storm warning signal in the country, but it advised the public to be vigilant against possible flooding and landslides.
It said Gorio will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the western section of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and light to moderate rains over the rest of Luzon and Visayas.
With this, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), through the Office of Civil Defense, ordered the dissemination of severe weather bulletins and general flood advisories to all regions and monitor the effects of the inclement weather.
NDRRMC chair Ricardo Jalad has also instructed all regional and local disaster response management councils to continue monitoring the inclement weather and take the necessary precautionary actions.
As of Thursday, some parts of Metro Manila have been flooded due to continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in an advisory that flooding is being experienced in the following areas as of 9 a.m.:
* Quirino Roxas Blvd along Taft Ave (gutter deep)
* Quezon City A Bonifacio C3 (gutter deep)
* Quezon City A Bonifacio 11th Avenue (gutter deep) passable to all types of vehicles.
* R.Papa both bound (above gutter deep). Not passable to light vehicles.
* C5 near Market Market southbound. Gutter deep. Passable to all types of vehicles.
* P. Burgos Victorino eastbound. Knee deep. Not passable to light vehicles.
* Balintawak Cloverleaf in front of St. Joseph Church northbound (knee deep). Not passable to light vehicles.
Several local government units in Luzon have also declared class suspensions Thursday due to the bad weather.
Areas where class suspensions were declared include:
* Cainta -- all levels, in both public and private schools, while San Mateo and Rodriguez both suspended classes in pre-school to senior high school levels in public and private schools.
* Las Piñas -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Parañaque -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Pateros -- all levels, both private and public schools Malabon
* Marikina -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Antipolo City -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Taytay and Cainta, Rizal -- all levels, both private and public schools
* San Pedro, Laguna -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Cavite -- all levels, both private and public schools
* Taguig City -- from preschool to senior high school levels, both public and private schools in the city.
OB Montesorri also declared class suspension in all its campuses in Metro Manila. (SunStar Philippines/With PNA)