Pagasa Forecasts Less Rain Today; DepEd Announces Resumption of Classes in NCR

Based on Pagasa's forecast that the amount of rainfall Wednesday will only be half of Tuesday's volume, the Department of Education (DepEd) in its 4:00 a.m. update said classes in pre-school, elementary and high school, both public and private, in Metro Manila (NCR) will resume today, August 3, 2011.

But DepEd noted that principals, superintendents, and local government heads “may suspend classes if the situation warrants it” and “parents can decide whether to send their children to school or not.”

The education department has urged the public to “continue monitoring the weather and stay alert for any announcements.”

Classes in all levels and government work in the NCR were suspended the previous day due to heavy rains and flooding brought about by Typhoon Kabayan and the Low Pressure Area (LPA) near Ilocos Sur.

Meanwhile, Pagasa on Wednesday said Typhoon “Kabayan” has maintained its strength as it moves in a West Northwest direction and continues to move away from the country.

At 4:00 am today, weather forecasters said “Kabayan” was located at 1,055 km east Northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It is forecast to move west Northwest at 11 kph.