A number of households were forced to evacuate as floodwaters rose in a number of regions in the Philippines.
Many commuters were stranded, classes were cancelled and government work, including that in courts, was suspended in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.
Weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the heavy rain early Tuesday was the “peak” of Maring’s rainfall capacity.
But it added the public should still be on alert for occasional heavy rain.
PAGASA said the storm was at the vicinity of Tanay, Rizal as of 2 p.m. with sustained winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 100 kph. Its eye was 35 kilometers south of Infanta, Quezon at 7 a.m.
PAGASA said Maring is expected to weaken after it made landfall in Mauban town in Quezon province at 9 a.m. The storm is moving west at 15 kph, and crossed Metro Manila Tuesday afternoon.
PAGASA issued a “red” heavy rainfall warning in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, and Rizal at 2 p.m. This means serious flooding is expected in these areas.
An “orange” rainfall warning is up in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. This means flooding may happen in these areas.
A “yellow” rainfall warning is up over the provinces of Zambales and Quezon. The alert warns residents of possible flooding in low areas.
Storm signal 1 is up over the following areas in Luzon
(CNN Philippines News)