MANILA — Forecaster Jori Loiz of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that tropical storm “Ruby” is expected to make landfall in Laiya, Batangas province around 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday.
At present, Loiz said tropical storm “Ruby” is traversing the sea in the island province of Marinduque headed towards Batangas.
He said still expected are storm surges once tropical storm Ruby makes landfall and also in areas under public storm warning signals Nos. 3 and no. 2.
Loiz said once it makes landfall, expect Ruby’s maximum wind strength to decrease due to its interaction with landmass.
In another interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that tropical storm “Ruby” may bring heavy to intense rains in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the tropical storm makes a landfall in Batangas.
He advised the public to take precautions from early evening Monday until Tuesday.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said Orange Rainfall Warning (heavy to intense) was issued at 3 p.m. Monday in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces).
The orange rainfall advisory, the second in PAGASA’s three-stage rainfall warning system, is raised in areas where rainfall is expected between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour.
Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.
Meanwhile, yellow rainfall warning was issued for Metro Manila and the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan wherein residents are advised to take precautionary measures.
A yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.
Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas.
PAGASA said Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils in these areas are advised to monitor the weather condition and watch for the next advisory to be issued at 6:00 p.m. Monday.