MANILA - Tropical Depression "Maring" has accelerated as it nears landfall in Mauban, Quezon on Tuesday, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.
In its 8:00 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Maring will pass near Metro Manila after it makes landfall and will plough through the eastern part of Laguna, on course to hit Rizal, Bulacan and Zambales.
"Napakalapit po nito sa Maynila," PAGASA forecaster Nicos Penaranda said. "Mahinang bagyo ito, pero maulan nga."
The weather bureau said heavy rains may trigger landslides and flash floods in Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Pangasinan.
Classes have already been suspended in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, while the Palace has also suspended work in government offices in affected regions.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 has been raised over the following areas:
Maring was last spotted at 35 kilometers south southeast of Infanta, Quezon. It has maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour.
The weather disturbance is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kilometers per hour and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday.