'Juaning' intensifies, classes in all levels suspended in NCR

Tropical storm Juaning has intensified and at the same time started to move at a slower pace, the state weather forecaster said in its 11 p.m. bulletin Tuesday, prompting Malacañang and the Department of Education to suspended all classes in Metro Manila.

Malacañang has suspended tertiary level classes in the National Capital Region for Wednesday upon recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Management Council, of which the PAGASA is part.

PAGASA said on its official Twitter account that they did not recommend the suspension of tertiary classes in Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

The Department of Education also announced that all pre-school to high school classes in the National Capital Region and other parts of Luzon have been suspended ahead of more inclement weather.

The storm will make landfall not in Aurora province as earlier reported but in Polillo Island Wednesday morning, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Storm Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon regions, and parts of Bicol. Signal No. 1 was raised over the Mimaropa region, parts of the Ilocos and the southern end of Bicol, including Masbate and Sorsogon.

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PAGASA noted that Juaning is moving at a slower pace of 11 kilometers per hour from 15 kph as earlier observed.

PAGASA also said the storm will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring widespread rains over the Western Visayas and sections of Luzon.

Juaning’s center winds strengthened to 85 kph from 75 kph while gustiness increased to 100 kph from 90 kph.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," PAGASA said. — PE/VS, GMA News