‘Lawin’ accelerates, 12 areas under Signal No. 1

MANILA — Typhoon Lawin slightly accelerated as it poses a threat to northern Luzon, prompting the state weather bureau to raise Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 in 12 areas.

The center of ‘Lawin’ was located 950 km., east of Daet, Camarines Norte, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Tuesday.

The typhoon is moving west-northwest at a speed of 25 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 has been raised over Cagayan, including the Calayan group of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Aurora, Polillo Islands and Catanduanes.

These areas may experience winds of up to 30-60 kph in 36 hours, which may cause very light damage to low-risk structures, light damage to medium- to high-risk structures, slight damage to houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities and tilted banana plants, and broken twigs of small trees.

The bureau said areas within the 650-km. diameter of the typhoon may experience moderate to heavy rains.

’Lawin’ is expected to intensify further before making landfall over Cagayan on Thursday morning and will cross the landmass of Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

With this, PAGASA warned that sea travel is dangerous over the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Samar.

Maintaining its speed and direction, ‘Lawin’ is forecast to be at 540 km. east of Baler, Aurora on Wednesday, and in the vicinity of Calanasan, Apayao on Thursday.

’Lawin’ is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday. PNA-northboundasia.com