Signal No. 5 Raised in Cagayan and Isabela as Supertyphoon ‘Lawin’ Intensifies

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‘Lawin’ has been upgraded to supertyphoon category – and PAGASA raised signal no. 5 in Cagayan and Isabela as of 2:00 PM today, October 19, 2016.

Packing sustained winds of up to 225 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 315 km/h, Lawin is certainly one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines in recent history; though it still is much tamer compared with Yolanda which had sustained winds of up to 315 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 380 km/h.

Despite Lawin being weaker than Yolanda, it still is a potentially dangerous and destructive typhoon no matter where it would make landfall, especially because of its huge diameter; thus, PAGASA is urging everyone to stay alert and extra careful – and to listen to warnings from the authorities, especially about matters regarding evacuations.

Photo credit: CNN Philippines
Photo credit: CNN Philippines

Back in the time of Yolanda, thousands perished in the storm surge which brought flood waters several feet high into the cities and towns – something that people didn’t expect to happen. People were warned about the storm surge but most had no idea what a ‘storm surge’ actually is.

Lawin is set to make landfall by Thursday morning over Cagayan area.

It is expected to bring around 300 to 500 mm of rain; thus, flooding is expected in the areas along its path. Also, storm surges up to 5 meters high could affect Cagayan, Calayan Islands, Isabela, and Ilocos Norte, warns PAGASA meteorologist Samuel Duran.

To our kababayans along Lawin’s path, stay alert and safe. You are in our prayers…

ISSUED AT 2:00 PM, 19…

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