6 areas under signal no. 5 ahead of Lawin's landfall

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MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) maintained its strength early Wednesday evening, October 19, ahead of its landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area.

In its bulletin issued 8 pm on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Lawin is now 175 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or 200 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, still moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It still has maximum winds of up to 225 km/h and gustiness of up to 315 km/h.

Lawin is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area between 11 pm on Wednesday and 2 am on Thursday, October 20. After making landfall, it will cross Ilocos Norte and Apayao.

Below is the complete list of areas under warning signals.

Signal number 5:

Signal number 4:

Signal number 3:

Signal number 2:

Signal number 1:

PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio earlier warned that the destruction could be close to what the Philippines experienced during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.

"Ano po ang mararanasan po nila (areas under signal number 5)? Delubyo po. Hindi nalalayo sa pinsala ng Yolanda," he said.

(What will areas under signal number 5 experience? It may be catastrophic, not far from the destruction caused by Yolanda.)

Moderate to intense rain is expected within Lawin's 800-km diameter.

Powerful winds in areas under signal number 4 or 5 "can destroy high- to low-risk structures" as well as topple trees and transmission towers, according to PAGASA.

Storm surges up to 5 meters high are also possible in Cagayan (including the Calayan Group of Islands), Isabela, northern Aurora, and Ilocos Norte.

Sea travel is risky in the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon and the northern and eastern seaboards of Samar.

Lawin is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday night.

Forecast track of Super Typhoon Lawin as of October 19, 8 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Super Typhoon Lawin as of October 19, 8 pm.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

– Rappler.com