TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The United States Naval Observatory’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has classified Typhoon Lawin as supertyphoon and expect to gain more strength before its landfall.
In its weather advisory, the US-based weather agency said Typhoon Lawin has maximum winds of up to 145 knots (268 kph) and a gustiness of 175 knots (325 kph).
JWTC warned residents warned of 40 feet (12 meters) over coastal areas of the possible track of the typhoon.
Accuweather, an independent weather observatory, also classified Lawin as supertyphoon with an expected 275 kph maximum winds on its landfall.
Accuweather said the current strenth of Lawin is equal to a category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic ocean.
It said the strength of the typhoon cause “major damage to areas in its path.”
“Winds of this magnitude are capable of major structural damage, including completely removing exterior walls and roofs,” Accuweather said.
“These powerful winds in combination with the torrential rain will down trees, and may cause widespread power outages that could linger well after the storm has passed,” the report added.
PAGASA has not yet raised a super typhoon category for Lawin because of the differences of measurements to the JWTC.
But the Philippine weather bureau said it could reach category 5 before landfall over Cagayan area on Thursday early morning. TNF