Typhoon Florita enters PAR

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

MANILA -- Typhoon "Florita" (international name: Neoguri) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Sunday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that as of 6 a.m. Sunday, the eye of the typhoon -- the sixth tropical cyclone to affect the country this year -- was located based on all available data at 1,150 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Florita was packing maximum winds of 165 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It was forecast to move west-northwest at 24 kph, but was not expected to hit landmass.

Dadivas said that with its speed, Florita is expected to be out of PAR by Tuesday. It will head toward Taiwan as it moves northward.

Florita, though, will enhance the southwest monsoon that will induce light to moderate rains over the Visayas, the Bicol region, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Caraga and Northern Mindanao.

Pagasa said that as the typhoon will enhance the "habagat," rough sea conditions can be expected and a gale warning may be issued later in the day.

For Sunday forecast, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with occasional rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest will prevail over Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough, the weather bureau said.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas, it added. (PNA/Sunnex)

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