The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said it raised Tropical Wind Signal No. 2 in parts of Northern Luzon, with tropical cyclone “Florita” strengthening into a tropical storm. 

At 8 a.m., Florita transformed into a tropical storm. Pagasa said that it could further intensify before landfall. 

Florita was last seen 215 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. It has maximum sustained winds increased of 75 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

It is traveling west southwest at 15 kph.

Pagasa declared the following storm signals for the following areas:

Signal No. 2 (winds greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours)

  • The eastern portion of Cagayan (Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Peñablanca, Iguig, Baggao, Gattaran, Lal-Lo, Gonzaga, Santa Teresita, Buguey, Santa Ana)
  • Eastern portion of Isabela (Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan, San Mariano, Ilagan City, Delfin Albano, Tumauini, Santo Tomas, Quezon, Mallig, Roxas, Quirino, San Manuel, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Burgos, Gamu, Reina Mercedes, City of Cauayan, Alicia, San Isidro, Echague, Jones, San Agustin, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, Dinapigue)
  • Extreme northern portion of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran)
  • Northeastern portion of Quirino (Maddela)

 

Signal No. 1 (winds between 30 and 60 kph in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within the same time period)

  • Rest of Cagayan
  • Rest of Isabela
  • Rest of Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Northern portion of Aurora (Dinalungan, Dipaculao, Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis)
  • Northern portion of Polillo Island (Panukulan, Burdeos)

 

  Ronald Espartinez