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READ: Classes suspended in these areas with red, orange alerts today

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

STATE weather forecasting agency Pagasa has reminded the public that classes are automatically suspended in areas where they issue orange or red rainfall alerts.

“Please take note that kapag nagtaas na tayo ng red rainfall or orange rainfall warning, automatically suspended na po ang ating mga klase as per Deped guidelines.

“Pero kapag meron tayong malalakas na pag-ulan, kapag meron tayong rainfall warning, or rainfall advisories lamang, pero malalakas ang pag-ulan, depende na rin po sa inyong local chief executives or LGU, kung magsu-suspend po ng klase,” Benison Estareja, Pagasa weather specialist said.

Recent rainfall warnings

Misamis Occidental11:40 pm Wednesday
Zamboanga del Norte11:40 pm Wednesday
Siquijor2 am Thursday
Negros Oriental2 am Thursday
southern Cebu2 am, 5am Thursday
Southern Leyte2 am Thursday
southern portion of LeyteMatalom, Bato, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan,
Mahaplag, Abuyog, Baybay City
2 am Thursday
Eastern Samar5am Thursday
eastern portion of Southern Leyte Sogod, Libagon, San Juan, Saint Bernard,
Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, Silago
5am Thursday
LeyteSanta Fe, Mahaplag, Baybay City, Abuyog,
Javier, Macarthur, Mayorga,
Dulag, Julita, La Paz, Burauen, Albuera, Tolosa
5am Thursday

Red means serious flooding is expected in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas. The amount of rainfall may be more than 150,000 drums per square kilometer.

LeyteJulita, Dulag, Burauen, Albuera, La Paz, Mayorga,
Macarthur, Javier
2 am Thursday
CebuCamotes Island2 am Thursday
Lanao del Norte11:45 pm Wednesday
Cebucentral, northern Cebu6:34 am

Orange rainfall alert was also up around 5 am Thursday in Southern Leyte, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and the rest of Leyte.

Orange rainfall means flooding is threatening. The amount of rainfall may be between 75,000 to 150,000 drums per square kilometer.


Meanwhile, yellow warning was issued last night in Zamboanga City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay.

This 5 am, Camotes Island in Cebu, Samar, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur got yellow flags, too.

Yellow warning means flooding is possible, and the amount of rainfall reach up to 75,000 drums per square kilometer.

More class suspensions

Although there was no recent red or orange rainfall alerts in their areas, some LGU’s have suspended classes for today:

  • Bohol – all levels
  • Cebu
    • Carmen – elementary until Friday
    • Danao City – all levels until Friday
    • Lapu Lapu – elementary to senior high school (public)
    • Mandaue – all levels
  • Negros Occidental
    • San Carlos City – all levels
    • Bago City – elementary to senior high school
  • Zamboanga City – all levels

What’s causing the rains in VisMin?

Twin weather disturbances — the Low Pressure Area and the Shear Line — are bringing the rains to most parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Pagasa is continuously monitoring the LPA. Satellite data as of 3 am Thursday, it is located 380 kilometers east of Surigao City.

It is unlikely the LPA will form into a tropical depression. However, it will continue to shower moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains over the following areas:

  • Eastern Visayas
  • Central Visayas
  • Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Northern Mindanao
  • Negros Occidental
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Dinagat Islands

Light to moderate, but occasionally heavy rains will be experienced in the following areas:

  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate
  • Rest of Western Visayas
  • rest of Caraga
  • Lanao del Sur



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