'Lawin' weakens, threatens group of islands-A A +A
Thursday, September 27, 2012
MANILA -- Typhoon “Lawin” (international name: Jelawat) continues to weaken but remains a threat to Batanes group of Islands, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) spotted the typhoon at 210 kilometer east of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 220 kph.
The Batanes Group of Islands remains under public storm warning signal number 3. Residents in this area will experience winds of 101-185 kph in at least 18 hours, with potential impact on agriculture, houses and structures. It may also disrupt electrical power and communication services.
Public storm warning signal number 2 was hoisted in Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Wind of 61-100 kph is expected in these areas at least 24 hours.
The provinces of Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Isabela are under public storm signal number 1 with winds of 30-60 kph within the next 36 hours.
Lawin is expected to move northwest at 13 kph. It is forecast to be at 270 km north of Basco, Batanes by Friday afternoon and at 560 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes by Saturday afternoon.
Three people died due to Lawin, while thousands more were affected by rains and floods. (Sunnex)