Typhoon 'Florita' gains strength-A A +A
Monday, July 7, 2014
MANILA -- Typhoon “Florita” continues to gain strength as it moves in a north northwest direction away from the country, the state weather bureau said on Monday.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data at 570 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes.
Pagasa said the typhoon gained strength as the maximum sustained winds increased from 185 kilometers per hour (kph) to 195 kph and its gustiness from 220 kph to 230 kph.
Florita continues to move north-northwest at 20 kph.
The weather agency said that no public storm warning signal has been raised but "Florita" will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the provinces of Panay, Mindoro, Palawan, Batangas, Cavite, Zambales and Bataan, while the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have occasional rains.
It added that fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of the Visayas. (PNA)