Rains may dampen most of ash-shrouded Calabarzon after Taal unrest


Posted at Jan 14 2020 06:58 AM | Updated as of Jan 14 2020 09:26 AM

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Rains on Tuesday could hit most of Calabarzon region, which Taal Volcano shrouded with ash over the weekend, the state weather bureau said. 

Among the areas that could experience isolated rains are Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon provinces, said PAGASA weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin. 

The weather condition could reduce visibility in these areas and spawn mudflow, PAGASA added in an advisory. 

Located in the middle of a picturesque lake south of the capital, the Taal Volcano on Sunday belched a massive ash cloud that drifted across parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila. 

On Monday rains in Lemery, Batangas mixed with volcanic ash, coating roads in a slippery layer of mud that slowed down rescuers bringing residents to safer ground.

Meanwhile, the tail end of a cold front will stir light to moderate and at times heavy rains that could trigger floods and landslides in Eastern and Central Visayas, the weather agency said. 

Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras and Aurora province will experience cloudy skies with light rains due to the amihan or northeast monsoon, PAGASA added. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience fair weather that could be marred by light rains, said Bulquerin. 

A low pressure area east of Eastern Samar is unlikely to intensify into a storm, PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza mentioned in a Facebook video.

Seismology institute Phivolcs earlier raised the danger level posed by Taal Volcano to 4 out of a possible 5, meaning "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days."

DZMM, Jan. 14, 2020