MANILA — Typhoon ‘Lawin’ (international name Haima) reached its supertyphoon status Wednesday afternoon as it aimed towards northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 5 has been raised over Cagayan and Isabela as Lawin packed maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 315 kph, PAGASA said.
Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao and Calayan Group of Islands were placed under TCWS No. 4
TCWS No. 3 was hoisted over La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Northern Aurora.
The provinces of Batanes Group of Islands, Pangasinan, the rest of Aurora, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Zambales, and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands were placed under TCWS No. 2.
The rest of Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay and Metro Manila were under TCWS No. 1.
PAGASA said ‘Lawin’ is forecast to make landfall over Cagayan-Isabela area late Wednesday evening or early Thursday.
The typhoon was last located 300 kilometers east of Aurora, moving at a speed of 24 kph west northwest.
It will bring moderate to heavy intense rains within its 800 km radius.
Sea travel remained risky over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and the northern and eastern seaboards of Samar.
‘Lawin’ is the first supertyphoon to hit the country since Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in 2013.
Yolanda was the world’s strongest typhoon on record, blowing winds of up to 315 kph and gusts up to 380 kph before it slammed into the Visayas on Nov. 6, 2013, killing at least 6,000 people. PNA – northboundasia.com