'Lawin' slightly weakens
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon 'Lawin" has slightly weakened as it continues to move towards Batanes-Cagayan area, the state weather bureau said.
In its Thursday 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Cagayan, Batanes group of islands, Calayan group of islands, and Babuyan group of islands remain under signal number 2.
Signal number 1, on the other hand, is still hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Isabela.
Areas under signal number 2 and 1 should expect winds of 61-100 kph and 30 - 60 kph, respectively.
PAGASA said Lawin was located 350 kilometers east of Calayan group of islands at 4 a.m.
Lawin has weakened, now packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph.
The typhoon, however, has picked up speed, moving northwest at 13 kph. An estimated rainfall of 10 - 25 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) is expected within the typhoon's 800-km diameter.
PAGASA said Metro Manila and parts of Luzon and Visayas not placed under storm warning signals will experience cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms today.
Mindanao, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned those living in low-lying areas against possible flash floods and landslides.
Those living in coastal areas are also warned of possible storm surges. Likewise, small fishing boats and sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of central Luzon; and the seaboards of southern Luzon and Visayas due to big waves.
Lawin is expected to be 125 kms northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning; and 185 kms east of Taiwan by Saturday morning.