What PAGASA's Yellow, Orange, and Red Rainfall Warnings Mean

The rainfall warning is in place to help the public monitor flooding.

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It's typhoon season once more, which means that the Philippines will once again brace itself for heavy rainfall and flooding. To help the public prepare for potential evacuation, rainfall warnings are issued by PAGASA periodically. But what exactly do they mean?


The darker the color, the more prone to danger and flooding.

Here's what each rainfall warning color means and what you need to do:


Yellow Rainfall Warning

A yellow warning means around heavy rainfall of 7.5 to 15mm in an hour, which is seen to continue for the next two hours.

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Flood is possible in low-lying areas and near rivers. While there may be no flood yet, the public is encouraged to monitor their surroundings and stay updated on warnings. These are issued on PAGASA's Facebook page.

Orange Rainfall Warning

Areas under the orange warning see intense rainfall of 15 to 30mm in an hour, expected to continue for the next two hours.

There is a threat of flood in low-lying areas and near rivers. By this time, the public must remain alert and prepare for eventual evacuation.

Red Rainfall Warning

The red category is the highest warning and areas under this warning are seeing 30m or more rainfall in an hour, expected to continue in the next two hours.


Severe flooding is expected and the public, especially near low-lying areas and near rivers, are expected to seek higher ground or evacuate. Flood of 30 mm or more is expected in red rainfall warning areas.

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