'Rosita' pummels Isabela, Signal No. 3 up in 10 areas

By Lily Ramos

October 30, 2018, 10:58 am

MANILA -- Typhoon Rosita (international name "Yutu") made landfall in Dinapigue, Isabela early Tuesday, the weather bureau said.

In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Rosita" was last spotted in the vicinity of Echague, Isabela.

"Rosita" weakened further, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.

The typhoon accelerated, moving west at 25 kph, and will traverse the provinces of Isabela, Ifugao, Benguet and La Union.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 3 is hoisted over Isabela, Quirino, Northern Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, and Pangasinan.

TCWS No. 2 is raised over Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Quezon including Polillo Island, Southern Aurora, Zambales, Pampanga and Bulacan.

TCWS No. 1 is raised over Babuyan group of Islands, Rizal, Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan and Cavite.

PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said moderate to heavy rains are expected over Northern and Central Luzon.

He also cautioned residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, and in low-lying areas and mountainous areas, to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.

Metro Manila, Calabarzon, the provinces of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands will experience light to moderate rains with gusty winds.

The western section of southern Luzon, eastern sections of southern Luzon and Visayas will have strong to gale force winds from northwest to southeast with rough to very rough coastal waters.

Residents in these areas are warned of venturing into the seas with small sea craft or small boats.

"Rosita" is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday evening. (PNA)