State weather bureau PAGASA said Tropical Storm Rosal has weakened slightly while moving away from the country. 

PAGASA’s latest bulletin showed that Rosal is less likely to directly bring heavy rains to the country. No storm signals were likewise raised over the country. 

Rosal will partly enhance the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan, which may bring occasional wind gusts reaching gale-force strength over Batanes and a strong breeze to near-gale strength over Babuyan Islands, and the coastal and upland areas of Ilocos Norte, northern and eastern Cagayan, and eastern Isabela.

The storm’s center was last spotted 880 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon as of 3 p.m. It is moving east-northeastward at 15 kilometers per hour and is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.


Ronald Espartinez