Bagyong Lawin continues to intensify as it traverses the Philippine Sea and approaches Northern Luzon, prompting weather bureau PAGASA to raise storm signals in some provinces in Luzon.
Lawin carries maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gusts of up to 230 kph. As of 5:00 AM today, the estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon. According to the latest severe weather bulletin from PAGASA, Lawin may intensify further before making landfall.
It is expected to make landfall over Cagayan Area by Thursday early morning (October 20) as Category 5 typhoon, then it will cross Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
If it continues to follow its current status, Lawin is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by early morning of Friday, October 21.
Tropical cyclone warning signal #1 is up in four provinces: Cagayan, Isabela, Catanduanes and Northern Aurora. Winds of 30 to 60 kph will whip these areas in 36 hours.