La Union PDRRMC on red alert due to ‘Lawin’

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is now on red alert status starting Monday evening in anticipation of typhoon ‘Lawin’.

The PDRRMC directed all Local Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Councils (MDRRMCs) to take appropriate and proactive actions in preparation for the typhoon’s onslaught.

“We have activated our early warning system for massive information dissemination of weather bulletins and preparedness advisories through text blast system radio communications and social media accounts,” said Gov. Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III.

Based on the updated tropical cyclone classification, the impact of typhoon ‘Lawin’ is stronger than typhoon ‘Karen’ and may possibly bring heavy rains and strong winds that could damage small structures, Governor Ortega said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that typhoon “Lawin” may be upgraded to super typhoon.

As of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, ‘Lawin’ was located at 950 km east of Daet Camarines Norte with maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 650 km diameter of the typhoon.

It is also forecast to move west northwest at 25 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is raised over Cagayan including Calayan group of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Aurora, Polillo Islands and Catanduanes. Vic Alhambra, Jr –