MANILA - Severe tropical storm "Carina" has made landfall over Gattaran, Cagayan on Sunday afternoon, meteorologists and defense officials said.
The storm struck Cabutunan Point in Gattaran at 1:20 p.m., according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Region 2.
In its 2 p.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said Carina was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kph near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected within the 500-kilometer diameter of the storm as it barrels Cagayan.
PAGASA placed Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands under public storm warning signal number 2.
Signal number 1, meanwhile, remained hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.
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No casualties and damage to property have been reported so far in Cagayan after Carina's landfall, the OCD said.
But the OCD confirmed some families have been preemptively evacuated in Gonzaga and Claveria towns in Cagayan and Benito Soliven, Isabela.
The Department of Education has cancelled Monday classes in the elementary and high school levels in Isabela and Cagayan provinces.
Manila-bound flights of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines in Tuguegarao City have been cancelled due to bad weather. Small crafts heading to Batanes also suspended their trips.
Cagayan is still experiencing intermittent light to moderate rains and winds, as of posting.
Carina is expected to leave the northwestern part of Cagayan on Sunday night, PAGASA said.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said the government is closely monitoring the storm's onslaught at an ongoing meeting with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). -- With a report from Darlene Gemino, ABS-CBN News