'Lawin' now a storm

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2012 07:27 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2012 08:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical cyclone "Lawin" is now categorized as a storm, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said at 4 a.m., Lawin (international name: Jelawat) was located 670 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

The storm was moving west at 11 kph.

PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong said with its current speed and direction, the storm is expected to make landfall either on Sunday or Monday.

Quitlong said central and southern Luzon, and parts of Visayas and Mindanao are at risk from the storm's onslaught.

However, based on the latest atmospheric models, Quitlong said Lawin may move northward and take almost the same path of typhoon "Karen".

"Ang pinapakita ng mga atmospheric model, dadaan ito sa silangang bahagi ng bansa. Karamihan doon hindi ito magla-landfall. Iyung sentro lalapit lamang, tapos magbabago na ito ng tinatahak - hilangang kanluran hanggang hilaga. Susundan niya ang dinaanan ng bagyong si Karen," Quitlong told radio dzMM.

Quitlong warned small boats and sea crafts along the country's eastern seaboard not to venture out into the sea as the storm goes near land.