Ilocos region residents brace for TS ‘Lawin’

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Residents of Ilocos region in northern Luzon are advised to brace for the devastation of Typhoon “Lawin” (international name Haima) as it makes landfall Thursday.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Melchito Castro warned residents in low-lying areas and mountain slopes of possible flashfloods and landslides.

Photos Vic Alhambra for Northbound Philippines News
Photos Vic Alhambra for Northbound Philippines News

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that “Lawin” is expected to intensify into a supertyphoon as strong as “Yolanda”. It is expected to make landfall over Cagayan area Thursday morning.

In preparation for the onslaught of the typhoon, the OCD has deployed rescue teams from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army and Philippine Navy to flood-prone areas and prepositioned relief goods from DSWD.

The OCD has also set up an operation center at Naval Forces Northern Luzon (Philippine Navy) headquarters at Poro Point to monitor the typhoon.

Strong winds from the typhoon are expected to affect the seaboards of northern Luzon.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture into the sea while larger vessels are alerted against big waves.

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, the state weather bureau has raised signal no. 2 in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur and signal no. 1 over the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan. Vicente Alhambra,Jr/