MANILA, Philippines – The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has already categorized Lawin as a super typhoon.
It said Lawin (international name: Jelawat) was already packing maximum sustained winds of 130 knots (241 kph) and gustiness of up to 160 knots (296 kph) as of 6 a.m. (Manila time).
JTWC provides warnings to the United States Department of Defense.
State weather bureau PAGASA confirmed Lawin has gotten stronger as it remained over the Philippine sea.
PAGASA simulations showed that Lawin was already packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 220 kph as of 10:00 a.m.
It was located 405 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduane. It has maintained its north-northwest direction at a consistent speed of 7 kph
PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas earlier said if the typhoon maintains this speed and direction, it will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning.
PAGASA said Lawin will be 640 kms east of Infanta, Quezon by Tuesday morning; and 530 kms east of Tuguegarao City by Wednesday morning.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the typhoon's 700-km diameter.
PAGASA said the typhoon and the enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat) will continue to dump rains over Visayas and Mindanao.