A screenshot of the PAGASA Doppler radar image in Subic shows heavy monsoon rains falling in southern Metro Manila and Central Luzon on Monday night. Image courtesy of DOST-Project NOAH
MANILA (UPDATED) - More habagat (southwest monsoon) rains will hit Ilocos and Central Luzon even if Typhoon Jose won't make landfall in the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.
PAGASA, in an advisory, warned that monsoon rains in the Ilocos region and Central Luzon may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
It added that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have occasional rains while Visayas and CARAGA will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
The weather bureau raised an orange warning over Bataan and Zambales Monday night because of the heavy rains.
The warning means floods are already threatening the provinces.
A yellow alert was also hoisted over Cavite and Batangas, which may experience floods in low-lying.
PAGASA said Typhoon Jose (international name Halong) maintained its strength and continues to move north-northwest at 11 kph.
It was last spotted spotted 780 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City as of 10 p.m. Monday.
The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph.
No public storm warning signals have been raised.
The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday and slam into southern Japan this weekend.
DAMS NEAR SPILLING LEVELS
Heavy monsoon rains brought by the typhoon have resulted in La Mesa and other dams in the country reaching near-spilling levels, according to PAGASA data.
As of August 4, the water level in La Mesa, which is located in Quezon City, has reached 79.43 meters -- close to its spilling level of 80.15 meters.
Residents along the Tullahan river will be in danger if the water in the dam overflows.
PAGASA data also showed that the Ipo Dam in Bulacan has gone past its spilling level of 100.80m.
The Binga and Caliraya dams are also near their spilling levels.
If dams in Luzon open their floodgates, these are the areas and floodways that will be affected.
Alarm level 1 was also hoisted Monday night for communities living along the Marikina River as the river's water level reached 15 meters, the city government said.
The Marikina City Public Information Office said 6 of 8 floodgates on the river have been opened.
FLOODS, ROCK SLIDES IN PANGASINAN, BAGUIO
Floods and landslides have also hit parts of Pangasinan and Baguio in northern Luzon because of heavy rains.
Hectares of fields turned into virtual rivers in Pangasinan, where farmers tried to save what was left of their crops.
Floodwaters were several feet deep in Barangay Malued in Dagupan City, where residents have started using either boats or makeshift rafts.
With only a meter to go before Dagupan's Sinocalan River overflows, authorities also advised residents who would be affected to flee immediately.
Meanwhile, thick fog blanketed Baguio City and parts of the Cordillera.
Soil erosion was reported in Barangay East Modern Site.
Over the weekend, Kennon Road was closed for several hours because of a rock slide.
Heavy rains have prompted authorities to suspend classes in the following areas on Tuesday, August 5:
Bataan: No classes in all levels (public and private)
Cavite: No classes in all levels (public and private)