MANILA – Typhoon ''Florita'' (international name: Neoguri) intensified as it moved toward Japan, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA said Florita was located 570 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m. Monday.
Florita was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.
The typhoon was moving north northwest at 20 kph. PAGASA said with this speed and direction, Florita will be 600 kms northeast of Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday morning.
PAGASA said the typhoon will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the provinces of Panay, Mindoro, Palawan, Batangas, Cavite, Zambales and Bataan.
The rest of Luzon and Visayas will have occasional rains.
Meanwhile, fishing boats and other small vessels are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas.