Signal no. 2 hoisted over 4 Luzon areas

Posted at 09/26/2012 7:22 AM | Updated as of 09/26/2012 11:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau on Wednesday morning hoisted public storm warning signal number 2 over four Luzon areas as typhoon "Lawin" moves closer to the northern tip of the country.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed Cagayan, Batanes group of islands, Calayan group of islands, and Babuyan group of islands under signal number 2.

Signal number 1, on the other hand, was hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Isabela.

Areas under signal number 2 and 1 should expect winds of 61-100 kph and 30 - 60 kph, respectively.

PAGASA said Lawin was located 465 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City at 4 a.m., and was still packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph.

Lawin was moving northwest at 11 kph. An estimated rainfall amount of 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) is expected within the typhoon's 850-km diameter.

Speaking to radio dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Chris Perez said if the typhoon maintains its speed and direction, it will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Perez said the high pressure area over China is dictating the movement of the typhoon, which is also expected to graze Taiwan after hitting extreme northern Luzon. The typhoon will then move towards southern Japan as it exits PAR.

Aside from the direct effect of the typhoon, the enhanced southwest monsoon will also bring rains over southern Luzon and Visayas.

PAGASA warned those living in low-lying areas against possible flash floods and landslides.

Those living in coastal areas are also warned of possible storm surges. Likewise, small fishing boats and sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of central Luzon; the seaboards of southern Luzon and Visayas; and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to big waves.

Lawin is expected to be 325 kms east of Calayan group of islands by Thursday morning; and 45 kms east of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning.