MANILA - Tropical cyclone warning signal number 3 has been hoisted in 7 provinces in northern and central Luzon as Typhoon Rosita heads towards Benguet, the state weather bureau said Tuesday morning.
The typhoon signal, third highest in a scale of 5, means residents of the following areas could expect winds of 121 to 170 km/h:
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
Storm surge of up to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan, according to PAGASA.
The weather bureau said there will be stormy weather in those areas and the following, which are placed under typhoon cyclone warning signal number 2:
- Ilocos Norte
- Nueva Ecija
Typhoon signal number 1, which warns residents of winds ranging from 30 to 60 km/h, is up in the following areas:
- Babuyan group of Islands
- Northern Quezon including Polillo Island
- Metro Manila
PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the typhoon could pour over Northern and Central Luzon, as it warned residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and mountainous areas, to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.
It also asked fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with typhoon signals and the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon.
Rosita is sighted in the vicinity of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, and is expected to exit landmass this afternoon and exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday evening.
Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.