Tropical Storm Florita speeds up, rain expected in Northern Luzon

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Residents of Northern Luzon, especially those in low-lying and mountainous areas, should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Florita (Prapiroon) as of June 30, 2018, 11 pm. Image courtesy of NOAA

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Florita (Prapiroon) accelerated on Saturday evening, June 30, as it moved over the northern part of the Philippine Sea.

In a bulletin issued 11 pm on Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Florita is already located 715 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, moving north northwest at 17 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 10 km/h.

The tropical storm still has maximum winds of 85 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 105 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 the trough or elongated region of the tropical storm will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms to Northern Luzon. Residents, especially those in low-lying and mountainous areas, should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Based on its latest forecast track, Florita is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon, July 1.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Florita (Prapiroon) as of June 30, 2018, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Meanwhile, the rest of the country not affected by Florita’s trough will have isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms. These could also cause flash floods and landslides.

PAGASA had declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com