Typhoon Yutu batters Philippines just weeks after Mangkhut

A Filipino villager carries belongings ahead of Typhoon Yutu at a coastal village in the town of Baler, Aurura province, Philippines, on Oct 29, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MANILA (REUTERS) - A typhoon that has caused devastation in some Western Pacific islands made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday (Oct 30), bringing strong winds and a risk of floods, storm surges and landslides in some northern provinces.

With wind speeds of 140 kmh and gusts of up to 230kmh, Typhoon Yutu was moving across the main island of Luzon and due to exit the country during the afternoon, state meteorologist Pagasa said in a report at 8am local time.

Yutu, locally named Rosita, is the 18th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and comes just six weeks after super typhoon Mangkhut dumped massive rains on Luzon, triggering landslides that killed more than 70 people.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Local television footage from the path of the storm showed strong winds bending trees, sheets of rain and loose debris across roads.

Residents of some mountain and coastal areas were pre-emptively evacuated from their homes on Monday after warnings were issued for landslides and waves of up to 3m.

Mr Edgar Posadas, spokesman for the office of civil defence, said uniformed personnel were on standby to help in any rescue missions.

Yutu has weakened significantly since last Wednesday night when, as a super typhoon packing 270kmh winds, it made a direct hit on Saipan and Tinian, two islands of the Northern Mariana Islands, an American territory about 9,000km west of the United States mainland.

It was the strongest to hit the islands in 50 years and killed a woman and wounded more than 130. Yutu tore off the roofs of buildings, flipped vehicles and damaged electricity poles, generators and water pipes.

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