THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Cagayan de Oro City said the heavy downpour on Tuesday evening were isolated thunderstorms and not part of Typhoon Nona which the central part of the country experienced.
The downpour, which lasted some two hours, came after weeks of no rains, stranding motorists and commuters on their way home.
Local weather specialist June Frivaldo said Tuesday’s rain was estimated to be only at 2.5-7.5 mm per hour but this was enough to cause flooding in some parts of the city.
Frivaldo said although the country is experiencing a strong El Niño, it is not uncommon for occasional heavy downpour to occur.
Vergil Lago, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) weather monitoring chief, said the flooding was made worse by clogged waterways.
"We discourage lage ning indiscriminate throwing of garbage na mauy rason sa pagbaha kay tungod sa pag-clog sa atong waterways," Lago said.
As of 9pm, Lago said they were monitoring different flood-prone areas.
Floodwaters rose briefly in some parts of CM Recto Avenue, Corrales Street, Cogon area, and parts of Carmen but subsided before midnight Tuesday.