October 19, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – At least 20 areas in Luzon were placed under tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 yesterday afternoon as typhoon “Lawin” slightly intensified and accelerated, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
The eye of the typhoon was estimated at 930 kilometers east of Tayabas, Quezon as of 4 p.m. yesterday, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
It slightly accelerated from Monday afternoon’s 24 kph to 25 kph, while moving in a west-northwest direction.
PAGASA weather forecaster Shelly Ignacio said they still expect “Lawin” to make landfall in Cagayan area early tomorrow morning and then cross to Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
Since it is still hovering in the sea, Ignacio said the typhoon may further intensify into a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds exceeding 220 kph before it hits land.
When it becomes a super typhoon, she said some areas in Luzon might be placed under tropical cyclone warning signal numbers 4 and 5.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 were hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan including Calayan group of Islands, Batanes group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Catanduanes and Polillo Islands.
PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under tropical cyclone warning signals to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
The agency said storm surges up to five meters high are also possible in Cagayan, including the Calayan Group of Islands, Isabela, and Ilocos Norte.
Ignacio said the eastern portion of Visayas and most parts of Luzon except Palawan will have cloudy and rainy weather starting today because of the outer cloud bands of the typhoon.
She said its outer cloud bands will also affect Metro Manila beginning tonight.
Ignacio said estimated rainfall amount within the 650-kilometer diameter of the typhoon is from moderate to heavy.
If “Lawin” does not change track and speed, Ignacio said they expect the typhoon to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning.
Based on the agency’s forecast track, the typhoon is expected to be at 330 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora this afternoon.
By tomorrow afternoon, it is forecasted to be some 95 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and at 565 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, outside PAR, by Friday afternoon. – EAN