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Typhoon Rolly weakens, now over West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Rolly continues to weaken after passing through the Bicol Region and Southern Luzon and is currently over the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported Sunday night.

In its 8 p.m. bulletin, Pagasa said the typhoon was last seen 120 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

It has maximum sustained winds of 125 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving westward at 25 km/h.

The weather bureau said Rolly may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday morning and may weaken into a severe tropical storm category in the next 24 hours.

The strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country this year made landfall as a super typhoon in Bato, Catanduanes at 4:50 a.m, then in Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 a.m. before weakening into a typhoon category.