‘Lawin’ no longer a threat, exits PHL area of responsibility

‘Lawin’ no longer a threat, exits PHL area of responsibility

MANILA — Typhoon ‘Lawin’ (international name ‘Haima’) is no longer a threat to northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said in its severe weather bulletin released Thursday afternoon.

‘Lawin’ exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at about 5 p.m. Thursday after battering northern Luzon, noted the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA located ‘Lawin’ at some 240 km. west-northwest of Ilocos Norte province’s capital Laoag City as of 4 p.m. Thursday, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

“Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Cental Luzon,” PAGASA warned.

‘Lawin’ enhanced strong to gale-force winds.

Between 52 kph and 63 kph winds are expected in Northern Luzon’s seaboards and the western seaboard of Central Luzon, the bureau said in its gale warning also released Thursday afternoon.

PAGASA likewise warned of rough to very rough seas there.

“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said.

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Abra provinces are under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) 1 as PAGASA expects 30 kph to 60 kph winds in 36 hours.

The height of waves in open seas there could reach 4 meters.

“TCWSs elsewhere are now lifted,” PAGASA said.

The bureau forecast ‘Lawin’ to move northwest at 22 kph and expects it to be 675 km. west-northwest of Batanes province’s capital of Basco by Friday afternoon, already outside the PAR.

“Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Ilocos region, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila and the provinces of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan,” PAGASA said in its 24-hour forecast released Thursday afternoon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country. Catherine Teves/PNA-northboundasia.com