SUSPENDED. Elementary students were sent home on Monday afternoon (Aug. 22, 2022) due to tropical storm Florita. Ilocos Norte was placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1. (PNA photo by Leilanie Adriano) 

LAOAG CITY – Elementary classes were suspended in parts of Ilocos Norte on Monday due to tropical storm Florita.

Mayor Joseph de Lara of Solsona, Ilocos Norte ordered the suspension of classes in his hometown effective Monday noon as a precautionary measure as Florita intensified into a tropical storm.

San Nicolas town Mayor Angel Miguel Hernando also suspended classes in the elementary level.

“In the event that the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) will escalate, classes for both Junior and Senior High School will also be suspended,” said Hernando in a public advisory.

Fishermen in coastal communities in the province are likewise discouraged to go out to sea.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on Monday reported that “Florita” will likely remain a tropical storm as it crosses the northern portion of Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 were Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and the northern portion of Aurora (Dinalungan, Dipaculao, Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, and the northern portion of Polilo Island. (PNA)