MANILA -- Typhoon Yutu gained strength as it churned closer to the Philippines on Wednesday, though it is unlikely to hit land, the state weather bureau said.
Yutu was spotted 2,555 kilometers east of Visayas at 3 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour and 195 kph gusts. It will be named Rosita when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility this weekend, PAGASA said.
The storm is unlikely to make landfall, but its track may still change, PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said in a Facebook video.
An intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or band of clouds will bring thunderstorms over Davao and Soccsksargen regions on Wednesday, he said.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience isolated rains and partly cloudy to cloudy skies, he said.
The northeast moonsoon or amihan, which brings cold winds associated with Christmas, may start prevailing in Northern Luzon this weekend or early next week, he said.
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