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Typhoon Yutu weakens as it hits land in the north of the Philippines



MANILA (Reuters) – A typhoon that devastated Western Pacific islands was thrown into the Philippines on Tuesday, bringing with it strong winds and floods, storm surges and landslides in some northern provinces.

Stranded truck park is seen at a roadside after ferry rides were exposed before Typhoon Yutu landed on October 29, 201

8 in the Port of Batangas, Philippines. REUTERS / Erik De Castro

Yutu, the 18th typhoon in the Philippines this year, swept through the main island of Luzon on Tuesday morning with wind speeds of 140 km / h and gusts of up to 230 km / h, and was due to leave in the afternoon become.

The typhoon, called Rosita by the Philippine authorities, arrives just six weeks after super typhoon Mangkhut threw heavy rain on Luzon, triggering landslides that killed more than 70 people. Thousands of people were evacuated on Monday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or loss. The video from the storm on television and in the social media showed strong winds that bent trees and signs, rain showers and loose fabrics flying through the air.

Lorelai Plaza Lastica, a resident of Isabela, the province in northeast Luzon, where Yutu landed, said the power was down and she could see debris on the streets, but no major damage.

"It was scary because it was so strong after midnight," she said on the phone.

The state weather agency PAGASA advised against land and sea voyages in the affected areas and told the residents to stay indoors.

In the bustling port city Batangas the boat operation was stopped. Thousands of people in some mountain, coastal and river areas moved to shelters on Monday after warnings for landslides and waves of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) were issued.

Yutu has made a direct hit on Saipan and Tinian, two islands of the Northern Mariana Islands, an American territory over 9,000 km (5,590 miles) west since the night of October 24, when a super-typhoon wind of at least 270 km / h of the US mainland.

It was the strongest storm that hit the archipelago in 50 years, killing one woman and injuring more than 130. Yutu tore off the roofs of buildings, threw cars and damaged generators, water pipes and hundreds of power pylons.

coverage by Martin Petty and Peter Blaza; Edited by Christian Schmollinger

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