Typhoon “Rolly” has weakened further and is now over the West Philippine Sea after passing through the Bicol Region and Southern Luzon, effectively sparing Metro Manila.
Rolly on Saturday night threatened the country with winds of nearly 300 kph that forced the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to hoist Signal No. 5 in parts of the Bicol region.
But from a super typhoon, Rolly weakened and became a typhoon when it made first landfall in part of Bicol in early Sunday.
In its 8 p.m. Sunday bulletin, PAGASA said Rolly was last seen 120 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. However, the typhoon left at least seven people dead.
Rolly still had maximum sustained winds of 125 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph, and was moving westward at 25 kph.
PAGASA said Rolly may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday morning and in the next 24 hours may weaken into a severe tropical storm.
With Rolly now heading outside the PAR, PAGASA lowered its storm warning signals.
Now under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 are the following areas:
• Southwestern portion of Batangas (Tingloy, Mabini, Bauan, San Luis, Taal, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Taal lake, San Nicolas, Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo, Lemery, Calaca, Balayan, Tuy, Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan)
• Northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Paluan)
Under TCWS No. 2 are:
• rest of Batangas
• northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Calapan City, Naujan, Victoria, Pola)
• central portion of Occidental Mindoro (Santa Cruz, Sablayan)
Under TCWS No. 1 are:
• southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)
• Metro Manila,
• rest of Occidental Mindoro
• rest of Oriental Mindoro
• Calamian Islands
• Quezon including Polillo Islands SOVEREIGNPH