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Signal No. 1 lifted as Rolly continues to cross West Philippine Sea


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Tropical Storm Rolly maintained its strength late Monday morning while moving westward over the West Philippine Sea, according to PAGASA's latest update.

By Tuesday morning, Rolly -- which reached super typhoon level on Sunday -- is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

"Areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 are now lifted," PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin on Rolly.

"However, occasional gusts will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the northern portions of mainland Cagayan and Zambales."

As of 10  a.m. on Monday, the center of Rolly was estimated based on all available data at 195 km west of Subic, Zambales.

Rolly pounded the Philippines on Sunday, bringing catastrophic winds and dumping intense rains that flooded villages and sent thousands of people fleeing their homes.

It first made landfall at 4:50 a.m. Sunday in Bato, Catanduanes, before slightly changing course and hitting land a second time in Tiwi, Albay, at 7:20 a.m.

Disaster officials said at least 10 people were killed due to Rolly, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. --KBK, GMA News

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