On August 21, Sunday, a tropical depression was identified in the Philippines. It was later on named “Florita” making it the 6th tropical depression storm to enter the PAR. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), it was heading west southwest.

The center of Florita was first located 540 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It gathered sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph. Moreover, Florita might get stronger and causes heavy rains in different parts of Luzon.

Moreover, the latest update about Florita is now a tropical storm. As of 11:00 a.m. today, it already has sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness up to 90 kph. Unfortunately, today is also the first day of face-to-face classes for many students in the country.

Are face-to-face classes suspended and what places are affected?

As the tropical storm Flortia intensifies, it would also be more dangerous. This is especially for the students to go to school on their first day of face-to-face classes. Moreover, some of the places affected by Flortia have already announced class suspensions.

The current places which declared class suspensions today as of 1:00 p.m. are:
  • Cagayan – Elementary levels only
  • Tuguegarao City – All levels, public and private
  • Albay: Oas, Guinobatan, Daraga and Polangui, Albay – All levels, public and private
  • Ilocos Norte: Solsona, San Nicolas, Paoay, Vintar, and Laoag – Elementary levels only
  • Albay: Oas, Guinobatan, Daraga and Polangui, Albay – All levels, public and private

These suspensions are for the safety of all students, and employees. However, there are still places that haven’t announced any suspensions and to make it all levels instead.

More about the tropical storm Florita

These are the places under tropical storm signals as of 11:00 a.m. today.

Signal no. 2:

  • Eastern Cagayan
  • Eastern Isabela
  • Extreme northern part of Aurora
  • Northeastern part of Quirino

Signal no. 1:

  • The remaining parts of Cagayan, Isabela, and Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Apayaw
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Northern parts of Aurora and Polillo Island

Landfall warning tomorrow

Florita is going to make landfall tomorrow either on the eastern coast of Cagayan or northern Isabela. Therefore, the suspension of class might also be extended tomorrow. So make sure to check out the latest updates in this hashtag #FloritaPH.

Stay safe, alert, and dry to everyone affected!

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SOURCES: Philippine News Agency, CNN PhilippinesGMA News, Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, PAGASA