MANILA- Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3 remained hoisted over 7 provinces in northern and central Luzon as Typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) crossed Benguet, the state weather bureau said Tuesday afternoon.
PAGASA said Rosita is already in the vicinity of Sablan, Benguet as of 1 p.m. and is headed for La Union.
The typhoon is expected to cross Benguet, La Union, and Pangasinan.
Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3, the third highest in a scale of 5, means residents of the following areas could expect winds of 121 to 170 kilometers per hour (kph):
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
A storm surge of up to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan, PAGASA said.
The weather bureau said there would be stormy weather in those areas and the following provinces, which were placed under Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 2:
- Ilocos Norte
- Nueva Ecija
Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1, which warns of winds ranging from 30 to 60 kph, 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 advised residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, low-lying and mountainous areas, to prepare and take appropriate action against possible flooding and landslides.
It also asked fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with typhoon signals and the eastern and western seaboards of southern Luzon.
Rosita, which is moving westward at 20 kph, continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 140 kph and gusts of up to 230 kph.
It is expected to leave the country's landmass on Tuesday afternoon and exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday, Oct. 31.
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