Northern Luzon braces for typhoon Rosita, school classes in several areas suspended

  • Typhoon Rosita will make a landfall in Isabela or Cagayan province on Tuesday
  • Classes in several areas in Northern and Central Luzon were suspended ahead of the typhoon’s landfall
  • Rosita is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday
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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said typhoon Rosita (international codename Yutu) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility as of Sunday noon, October, 28. The cyclone has a maximum sustained wind of 200 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour.

The storm is expected to make a landfall in Isabela or Cagayan provinces on Tuesday, but its strength will be felt in most of Luzon on Monday ahead of the landfall.

The PAGASA raised storm signal number 2 over Central Luzon and the Cagayan Valley. Residents living in coastal towns in Isabela and Cagayan provinces have started trooping to evacuation centers while in Cordillera Region, residents were warned against possible landslides.

A storm surge of up to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and La Union.

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A number of local government units in Northern Luzon announced the cancellation of classes in several schools in anticipation of typhoon Rosita.

Classes in all levels in the following areas were suspended on Monday:

Cagayan Province
Lingayen, Pangasinan
San Fernando, La Union
Baler, Aurora

Classes in Abra, Apayao, Calanasan, Isabela, and Ilocos Sur were suspended from Monday to Wednesday.

Rosita, the country’s 18th tropical cyclone for 2018,  will exit the Philippine Area of responsibility on Thursday, November 1.