'Lawin' intensifies further, signal no. 1 still up


Posted at Sep 25 2012 12:06 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2012 01:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Lawin" has intensified again as it moves towards northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over Isabela, Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The typhoon was located 520 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora at 10 a.m.

It is now packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph.

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center, on the other hand, said the typhoon was already packing winds of 140 knots (259 kph) and gustiness of 170 knots (314 kph).

PAGASA said the typhoon maintained its north-northwest direction and speed of 11 kph.

With this movement, Lawin is expected to be 395 kms east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on Wednesday morning.

Estimated rainfall amount is 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the typhoon's 800-km diameter.

PAGASA also warned fishing boats and other small sea crafts against venturing out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao due to big waves generated by the typhoon.