'Rosita' weakens further but rains in Luzon areas to persist


Posted at Oct 31 2018 12:08 PM | Updated as of Oct 31 2018 05:27 PM

MANILA - Tropical Storm "Rosita" has weakened further as it continues to move away from the country, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.

However, PAGASA said the storm will still bring rains over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon, warning residents there of possible floods and landslides.

Rosita, packing top sustained winds of 90 kph and gusts of 115 kph, continues to move north northwest and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon.

The weather agency has already lifted cyclone warning signals earlier this morning.

Despite this, fishermen folks and people with small boats are advised against venturing out over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

Over the past couple of days, Rosita, in its peak strength, brought heavy rains and strong winds over the country's agricultural north, similar to the path of Typhoon Ompong

Several landslides were reported in the provinces of Benguet and Ifugao, with at least 4 people dead and dozens more missing.