• ‘Florita’ gains strength

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    Typhoon Florita intensified further as it continued to move on a west-northwest direction on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

    According to the weather bureau, the storm gained strength while it was still in the sea when its maximum sustained winds increased from 165 kilometers per hour to 175 kph and its gustiness from 200 kph to 210 kph.

    As of Sunday afternoon, the eye of the typhoon was located 890 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and moving in a west-northwest direction.

    No public storm warning signal has been raised but Florita will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

    The weather bureau said Florita, with its speed and movement, is expected to be 530 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, this morning.

    By Tuesday morning, it is expected to be at 530 km north-northeast of Basco or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

    PNA

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