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Typhoon Yutu made landfall on Tuesday in Isabela province, in the northeastern tip of the Philippines, with heavy rainfall and sustained winds of 140 km/h and gusts of up to 230 km/h, state meteorologist Pagasa reported.

The storm was moving westward at 25 km/h, and its passage is forecast affect all of the provinces in northern and central Luzon Island, in the northernmost part of the country, the area which was hit by Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

Ten provinces are at alert level 3 (out of 5) and 12 at level 2 before the passage of the typhoon, which is expected to leave Philippine territory Tuesday, but will remain in its area of responsiblity until Thursday morning.

In Isabela province, where Yutu entered the Philippines, more than 11,000 people have been evacuated, among which 6,900 survival kits have been distributed, provincial governor Faustino Dy said in statements to the local media.

"The rains are very strong, trees and power poles have fallen, and I'm afraid the damage will be serious," Dy said.

In addition, at least 1,900 people are trapped in different ports in the northern Philippines, where maritime transport has been suspended due to the passage of Yutu, locally named Rosita.

Dozens of flights have also been canceled, most of them domestic and some connecting the Philippines with cities in southern China, where the typhoon is moving towards.

The typhoon is now moving towards Ifugao province, the location of the famous rice terraces , and Benguet province, where Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in September causing numerous landslides that resulted in dozens of deaths throughout the region.