'Lawin' maintains strength, moves toward Cagayan and Batanes
MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon "Lawin" (international name: Jelawat) maintains it strength as it moves towards the Cagayan-Batanes, state forecaster Pagasa said in its 11pm weather bulletin.
The typhoon continues to more north northwest at 11 kilometers per hour.
"Lawin" has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center, with gustiness of up to 240 kph.
According to satellite and surface data, as of 10pm, Lawin is located 450 kilometers east of Casiguruan, Aurora.
The storm is expected to be 355 km east of Aparri, Cagayan by Wednesday evening. By Thursday, it will be 90 km southeast of Basco, Batanes. The storm is expected to be 170 km of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday evening.
Rainfail due to Lawin is expected to be heavy to intense, at 10-20 mm per hour within the 850 km diameter of the typhoon.
Public storm warning signal #1 is still raised over the following areas:
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Cayagan including the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
Places under storm signal #1 should expect winds of 30-60 kph in the next 36 hours.
Lawin is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon, bringing rain over the Southern Luzon and Visayas areas.
Pagasa cautioned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under the public storm warning signal to be alerted in case of flashfloods and landslides.
Fishing boats and similar small seacraft are also cautioned not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao because of waves caused by Lawin and the Southwest Monsoon.
Pagasa will issue its next bulletin at 5am Wednesday, September 26. -Rappler.com