Oliver Bugarin 9 0 0 5 min to read

Even as “Florita” weakens, there is still stormy weather up in North Luzon.

The weather service predicted Tuesday afternoon that despite Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Florita’s minor weakening, heavy weather will continue to affect some portions of Northern Luzon.

Stormy weather will predominate over the Cordillera Administrative Region, the Cagayan Valley Region, as well as the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Aurora, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA5 )’s p.m. advisory.

Rainfall over the Babuyan Islands, Zambales, and Bataan is also expected to be heavy to intense, at times torrential.

With severe to torrential rainfall, it is potential to experience flash floods or landslides. According to PAGASA, damaging to destructive storm-force winds are also likely to cause moderate to severe damage to structures and plants.

In Batanes, La Union, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija, rain and strong winds are predicted. Due to moderate to severe rains, these places may experience flash floods or landslides. Strong to moderate winds can also cause minor to minor damage to buildings and vegetation.

“Florita” was last seen in Kabugao, Apayao, moving 20 kph to the northwest.

It has gusts up to 125 kph and maximum sustained winds of 100 kph around the center.

Over Ilocos Norte, Apayao, the southern Babuyan Islands (Camiguin, Fuga, and Dalupiri Islands), as well as the entire island of Cagayan, Signal No. 3 is still flying.

Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Sur, and the other Babuyan Islands are under Signal No. 2.

Over La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, the northern portion of Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, San Jose City, Pantabangan), the northern and central portions of Aurora (Maria Aurora, Dipaculao, Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag), the eastern portion of Pangasinan (Umingan, San Fabian, Sison, Pozorrubio, San Jacinto

Signal No. 3 locations could see storm-force winds, while Signal No. 2 areas could experience gale-force winds. In regions where Signal No. 1 has been raised, winds will be strong to nearly gale force.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Isabela, Tarlac, Pampanga, Cavite, and the whole of the Cagayan Valley will continue to see moderate to heavy rainfall.

The remainder of Central Luzon and Calabarzon will get light to moderate rain, with occasional severe downpours.

Forecasts call for rough to high seas along Northern Luzon’s coastline ( Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Cagayan, and Isabela).

The western coast of Northern Luzon, the eastern coast of Central Luzon (La Union, Pangasinan, and Aurora), and the western coast of Central Luzon will all see rough to very rough seas (Zambales And Bataan).

The southern coast of Luzon and the western coast of the Visayas will both encounter rough seas (Quezon Including Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Cavite, western coast of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Antique and Aklan).

All sorts of seagoing vessels are at risk in rough to high sea conditions. PAGASA recommended seafarers to wait it out until the winds and waves die down or seek refuge in port.

Fishing boats and other small seagoing vessels are cautioned not to venture out into the sea in rough to extremely stormy seas, while bigger seagoing vessels are warned about huge waves.

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