MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) intensified into a tropical depression before dawn on Friday, June 29. It has been given the local name Florita.
Florita is the Philippines’ 6th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year.
In a bulletin issued 5 am on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Florita is located 945 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving northwest at 11 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The tropical depression has maximum winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.
Since its direction is upward, Florita will not make landfall in the Philippines. There are also no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals.
But PAGASA warned that the tropical depression will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring rain to Extreme Northern Luzon this weekend. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Based on its latest forecast track, Florita is expected to leave PAR early Sunday, July 1.
In the meantime, isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the Philippines on Friday. The public should watch out for light to heavy rain which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
PAGASA had declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com