CAGAYAN, Philippines- The provinces of Isabela and Cagayan endured the wrath of Typhoon Rosita on Tuesday, October 30
Live and raw videos uploaded on Facebook showed strong winds and toppled trees as the typhoon passed by Isabela province.
Wooden fences and galvanized iron sheets were also blown away, to what some said, by a stronger winds than what they experienced during Typhoon Ompong in September.
The typhoon’s eye made landfall in the coastal town of Dinapigue around 4 am on Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
More than 12,000 residents in Isabela have been brought to safer grounds as of 6 am on Tuesday.
Most of the evacuees are from the coastal towns of Dinapigue, Maconacon, and Palanan, and in the towns of San Guillermo, Ramon, and Santo Tomas.
The evacuations of residents near Cagayan River and tributaries came as the administration of Magat Dam advised for the opening of one its gates to release water from its reservoir.
In Cagayan province, 3,973 individuals are staying in 232 evacuation centers. Most evacuees are from the coastal towns.
Power has been cut in most parts of Cagayan Valley region as early as Monday night, October 29.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said 6 transmission lines in Cagayan, Isabela, and Kalinga provinces are unavailable due to Typhoon Rosita.
In its advisory, NGCP said as of 5 am on Tuesday, 48% of power load is available in Isabela, while 55% is available in Cagayan province.
NGCP said they will begin inspection and restoration efforts as soon as the stormy weather subsides. Northernforum.net
Photo screengrab from Roda Menzy Lamagon’s Facebook video.