Packing top sustained winds of 130kph, Molave intensified into a tropical storm as it moved westward and made landfall over San Miguel island in Albay province early in the evening.

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A resident holds onto his umbrella in strong wind as others stand by their wooden boats along the coastal area of Legaspi City, Albay province south of Manila on October 25.

The natural disaster monitoring agency of the Philippines said it had received many reports of damage to bridges and roads, as well as a number of landslides and inundations in some areas.

Vessels in dangerous waters must also be suspended, the agency noted. 

According to the agency, nearly 600 people were trapped in many seaports due to strong winds.

Meanwhile, the local weather bureau warned of waves as high as 2 metres (6.5 feet) in coastal areas in Samar province, the Bicol region and the central and southern portions of Quezon province.

Tropical cyclone wind alerts were issued for several provinces in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions, and several provinces in central Philippines, as well as for Metro Manila and central Luzon provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales.

Molave is expected to continue intensifying over the East Sea after crossing the Philippine, the weather bureau said.

Source: VNA