MANILA - Typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) has weakened after crossing northern Luzon and was headed towards the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Tuesday afternoon.
The typhoon exited La Union and was last spotted 125 kilometers northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 125 kms per hour and gusts of up to 190 kph.
It had approached the Philippine land mass over the weekend at maximum sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gusts of up to 245 kph.
Rosita is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday afternoon if it continues to move west northwest at 25 kph.
In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3, the third highest in a scale of 5, remained hosted over Pangasinan and La Union.
A storm surge of up to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan, PAGASA warned.
The weather bureau said there would be stormy weather in those areas and the following provinces, which were placed under Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 2:
- Ilocos Sur
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1, which warns of winds ranging from 30 to 60 kph, is up in the following areas:
- Ilocos Norte
- Metro Manila
PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the typhoon could pour over northern and central Luzon, as it advised residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, low-lying and mountainous areas, to prepare and take appropriate action against possible flooding and landslides.
It also asked fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with typhoon signals and the eastern and western seaboards of southern Luzon.
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