Manila closes financial markets in preparation for tropical storm

Manila closes financial markets in preparation for tropical storm”

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the announcement upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

Classes and government offices including the courts in some areas of Luzon were suspended on Tuesday, as Tropical Depression "Maring" brought heavy rain.

Following the order from Malacañang, the Supreme Court (SC) has also ordered the suspension of work in all courts in the three regions.

Maring made landfall in Mauban at 9 a.m. PAGASA weather forecaster Nicos Peñaranda said the weather disturbance dumped 537.5 mm of total rainfall in Quezon between Monday and Tuesday, nearly twice the average monthly rainfall amount.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued the heavy rainfall warning (Orange) over Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan and Rizal at 5 a.m.

Yellow rainfall warning meanwhile has been raised over Quezon, Laguna and Batangas.

Tropical storm locally named Marine is expected to make a landfall in Mauban, Quezon province on Tuesday morning as it accelerated and intensified, the local weather bureau said.

Pagasa raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1:Metro ManilaCatanduanesCamarines NorteCamarines SurNorthern Quezon including Polillo IslandRizalBulacanAuroraPampangaQuirinoNueva VizcayaTarlacBenguetLa UnionZambalesBataanPangasinanLagunaAt 4:00 am, Maring was located at 135 kilometers (km) east of Infanta, Quezon with maximum winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

This is so that motorists, especially in flood-prone areas, may take trips to evacuate their families to safer grounds.

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