MANILA - All boat trips at the Batangas port on Monday were cancelled due to the looming onslaught of typhoon Rosita, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
Thousands of passengers were expected to catch trips at the pier ahead of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holidays.
Boat tickets for the cancelled trips can still be used when the state weather bureau lifts the storm signal over Batangas, said port manager Asian Terminals Inc.
Rosita will hit the Isabela-Aurora area on Tuesday and dump rains over large swaths of the country until Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA earlier said.
Batangas and 20 other areas were placed under storm signal 1, while 10 areas were under signal 2 on Monday morning.
Fisherfolk and small seacraft were advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with storm signals, as well as the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
At 7 a.m. Monday, Rosita was spotted 510 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, maintaining maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour and 210 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
The typhoon has forced the cancellation of Monday's classes in several northern areas.
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With a report from Paulo Ferrer, ABS-CBN News