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Storm signals up over five areas as 'Lawin' approaches
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Five areas were placed under storm signals Saturday as tropical storm "Lawin" (international code name: Jelawat) continued to threaten the Samar-Bicol area, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The national weather bureau hoisted storm signal number 2 over Eastern Samar, as winds of between 61 kph to 100 kph may be experienced in the area. Residents living in coastal areas are also alerted against big waves and storm surges generated by the approaching storm.

Meanwhile, storm signal number 1 was raised over Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Western Samar and Leyte.

As of 5 a.m., "Lawin" was estimated at 380 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of up 120 kph.

"Lawin" was moving west at a slow 9 kph.  Heavy to intense rains were expected in areas within the storm's 600 km diameter.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts were advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to big waves generated by "Lawin."

PAGASA said "Lawin" was expected to be 180 km northeast of Boronga, Eastern Samar by Sunday morning and 205 km east of Legaspi City by Monday morning.