Typhoon Lawin weakens, storm signal no. 3 up in Batanes
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MANILA - (UPDATE 2, 12:10 a.m.) Typhoon Lawin (international code name: Jelawat) has weakened further as it continues to threaten the Batanes Islands, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Thursday.
In its 11 a.m. update, Pagasa said Lawin packs maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.
It was last tracked at 250 km east of Basco, Batanes moving northwest at 13 kph.
Lawin is expected to be 150 km north of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning.
Pagasa forecaster Gener Quitlong said Lawin’s center may have a slim chance of hitting land but its surrounding eye wall might. The eye wall is where the strongest winds of the storm are located.
Less rains have also fallen over the country as the intensified southwest monsoon, which is being pulled by the strong typhoon, has relatively weakened compared to the past months. The northeast monsoon or amihan has also started to prevail and will bring dry yet cooler winds.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa kept storm signal 3 over Batanes. This means the entire island could experience winds of between 100 and 185 kph in the next 18 hours. This wind could topple coconut trees, damage houses and cause widespread power outtages. Residents near the coastal areas are also advised to flee as huge waves may be generated by the storm.
Residents in areas under storm signals number 2 and 3 are still warned against big waves and storm surges.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
Estimated rainfall is heavy to intense within the typhoon's 800-km diameter.
Fishing boats and other small boats are warned against going out to sea in the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas due to big waves from the typhoon.
Lawin is expected to be 125 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning and 260 km northeast of Okinawa, Japan by Saturday afternoon.