MANILA - Typhoon Rosita (Yutu) will continue dumping rains over large swaths of the country on All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, as Filipino Catholics troop to cemeteries to honor their dead, the state weather bureau said Sunday.
Rosita will likely hit the Cagayan-Isabela area on Tuesday, and leave the Philippines area of responsibility on Thursday, PAGASA earlier said.
The typhoon's outer bands, however, will still bring light to moderate rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, and Bataan and Zambales provinces on Thursday, PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio told ABS-CBN News.
The rains on Thursday are unlikely to trigger floods and landslides in these areas, he said.
The weather will improve on Friday, All Souls' Day, except in the Ilocos Region, which may still experience cloudy skies and light rains, he said.
Rosita was spotted 980 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan at 4 a.m. Sunday, packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kph with 245 kph gusts, PAGASA said.
The weather agency is not discounting the possibility that Rosita could intensify into a supertyphoon, PAGASA meteorologist Chris Perez said in a DZMM interview.Rosita will hit land 2 days ahead of the Undas holidays, when millions of Filipino Catholics offer prayers and flowers for their dead loved ones at cemeteries.
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