Storm warning signal lifted-A A +A
Monday, September 24, 2012
MANILA (Updated 5 p.m.) -- All public storm warning signals in Samar provinces were lifted Monday but Typhoon "Lawin" (international name: Jelawat) has gained more strength while moving northward, said the state weather bureau.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the typhoon was spotted 405 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes.
Typhoon Lawin has maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.
It is expected to move north northwest at seven kph.
Typhoon “Lawin” is also expected to be at 640 km east of Infanta, Quezon by Tuesday morning; 530 km east of Tuguegarao City by Wednesday morning; and at 430 km east of Calayan Island by Thursday morning.
Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said that based on the present models, the typhoon is still not expected to make landfall in any part of the country.
However, Duran said those areas within its 700-km diameter radius are expected to experience rainfall of 10 to 20 mm per hour, which is classified as “heavy to intense.”
He said the typhoon is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will continue to bring moderate to heavy rains in Visayas and Mindanao.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, and that of Visayas and Mindanao due to big waves generated by Lawin. (Sunnex)