MANILA - The weather system that hit northern Luzon as a typhoon weakened into a tropical storm as it left the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Tropical Storm Rosita was last spotted 325 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kms per hour and 105 kph gusts.
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.
The storm brought heavy rains and triggered deadly landslides in northern provinces and rain showers in other parts of Luzon.
PAGASA said the storm will still bring light to moderate rains over the Cordillera Administrative Region, the Ilocos region, Zambales, Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands, warning residents there of possible floods and landslides.
Fisherfolk and residents with small boats are advised against venturing out over western seaboards of Luzon and the northern seaboard of northern Luzon.
Over the past two days, Rosita, in its peak strength, brought heavy rains and strong winds over the country's agricultural north, taking a path similar to that of Typhoon Ompong, a destructive storm that hit northern Philippines in September.