MANILA (UPDATE) - Typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) intensified Saturday as it moved towards northern and central Luzon, expected to make landfall in areas devastated just last month by Typhoon Ompong, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Rosita was last spotted 1,214 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, and is moving west at 25 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kph with wind gusts of up to 245 kph.
Rosita is expected to make landfall over the Cagayan-Isabela area by Tuesday, as millions of Filipinos prepare to celebrate All Souls' Day.
It is also expected to bring moderate to heavy rains starting Monday evening over Northern and Central Luzon.
PAGASA said Rosita is following the same track as Typhoon Ompong, which left a trail of destruction in northern Luzon, destroying houses, causing widespread flooding, and triggering landslides last month.
The state weather bureau advised people trooping to cemeteries for the annual Undas commemoration to plan their travel early to avoid any inconvenience.
Farmers are also advised to harvest crops as early as possible.
Tropical cyclone warning signals may be raised by Sunday, and PAGASA said no sea vessels will be allowed to sail once warning signals are raised.
Rains and possible strong winds could also be felt in Metro Manila, where Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 may be raised by Monday night, the state weather bureau said.
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