'Lawin' intensifies, moves closer to Samar, Bicol-A A +A
Saturday, September 22, 2012
MANILA -- Tropical Storm "Lawin," the 12th cyclone in the country this year, intensified while moving closer to the Samar and Bicol area on Friday night, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed the province of Eastern Samar under storm warning signal number 1 on Friday afternoon.
Areas under storm warning signal number 1 will experience winds from 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph).
As of 10 p.m. Friday, Lawin was located 500 kilometers (km) east of Catarman, Northern Samar and was moving west at nine kilometers per hour (kph).
Lawin has maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up 120 kph, said Pagasa.
The weather bureau forecast Lawin to be at 310 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar by Saturday evening and at 160 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Sunday evening.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 10-25 millimeter per hour (heavy - intense) within the 600 km diameter of the tropical storm.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to big waves generated by Lawin. (Sunnex)