TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Typhoon Lawin has intensified further as it continues to head towards Cagayan area, the state weather bureau said.
In its weather bulletin issued 5 am on Wednesday, October 19, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA said Lawin gained strength overnight and slightly accelerated at 26 kilometers per hour.
The provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Babuyan Group of Islands and Quirino were placed under storm warning signal No.2.
PAGASA said the typhoon was last located in 535 km east of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum winds of up to 205 kph and gustiness of up to 255 kph.
The state weather bureau earlier said the typhoon could reach its supertyphoon category before landfall.
The Cagayan provincial government said it is preparing for the ‘worst case scenario’ as this could be the strongest typhoon ever to hit the province.
Other areas placed under Signal Number 2 were:
Signal number 2 is raised in the following areas:
- Northern Aurora
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Mt Province
Signal number 1 was declared in areas:
- La Union
- Nueva Ecija
- rest of Aurora
- northern Quezon including Polillo Island
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
- Metro Manila
Moderate to strong winds will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon. The coastal waters throughout the country will be moderate to rough.
PAGASA said moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 700-km diameter of the typhoon. It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday, October 21. TNF