Tropical Storm Florita (international name Prapiroon) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility, leaving the Southwest Monsoon as the dominant weather system.
At 3:00 a.m., the storm was spotted at 825 kilometers northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. It has maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph), gustiness of 130 kph, moving northward at 15 kph. Because of its northward direction, the storm left the country without landfall nor direct effect.
Today, the Southwest Monsoon prevails, bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon and Western Visayas where flooding or landslides are possible. In the remaining parts of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with chances of isolated rain showers.
Based on climatological records, an average of two to four tropical cyclones enter or develop within the Phillippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this month. In terms of cyclone tracks, the historical record of PAGASA shows two scenarios: cyclones may hit land, particularly the Luzon area or may just move closer to the landmass before moving farther away.