WATCH: Rosita claws Isabela with heavy rains, winds


Posted at Oct 30 2018 07:37 AM | Updated as of Oct 30 2018 07:42 AM

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Typhoon Rosita mauled Isabela province with heavy rains and strong winds after making landfall before dawn Tuesday. 

Rosita made landfall at 4 a.m. in Dinapigue, one of Isabela's 4 coastal towns, packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and 210 kph gusts. 

In the neighboring town of Santiago, the typhoon tore off the roofs of some houses and the ceiling of a mall, ABS-CBN's Ron Gagalac reported. 

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Some trees and power lines also toppled due to Rosita's onslaught, Governor Faustino Dy told radio DZMM. 

"Ang lakas-lakas po ng ulan at malakas po ang hangin," he said.

Nearly 11,600 residents were in 92 evacuation centers at 6 a.m., he said. 

The typhoon, he said, is expected to cross through the towns of San Agustin, Jones, Echague and San Guillermo. 

Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over northern and central Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said. It warned residents in these areas of possible flooding and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 3 meters are possible over the coastal areas of Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Pangasinan, the agency added. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.

DZMM, 30 October 2018