Government preparations are now underway as "Lawin" gains more strength.
From a typhoon category early today, Lawin has become a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds up to 225 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 315 kph before making a landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela areas between 11 tonight until 2 Thursday morning.
The typhoon is expected to move West Northwest of the country at 26 kph and is also expected to bring moderate to heavy rains.
PAGASA has placed Cagayan and Isabela under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) #5, while Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Mt. Province, Ifugao, and Calayan Group of Islands under Signal #4.
Meanwhile, the provinces of La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Northern Aurora are placed under Signal #3, while the Batanes Group of Islands, Pangasinan, rest of Aurora, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Zambales and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands are under Signal #2.
Under Signal #1 are rest of Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Metro Manila.
The NDRRMC warned of possible occurrences of storm surges reaching up to five (5) meters over the coast of Cagayan including Calayan Group of Islands, Isabela, Northern Aurora and Ilocos Norte.
People living along coastal areas and in areas with high to very high susceptability to landslides and flood are advised to evacuate to avoid imminent danger and to follow the directives of their respective local government.
Residents in areas to be affected by the typhoon are also advised to stock food, water, flashlights, candles and medicines and to continuously monitor for news from time to time and from their local government.
National agencies are coordinating with local government units and have sent augmentation to areas to be affected particularly where the supertyphoon will make landfall.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned food and non-food items while the Department of Public Works and Highways also prepositioned their equipment in Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR.
More than 505,000 family food packs have been prepared while medical supplies, equipment and health personnel are also on standby.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government also advised local government units (LGUs) to strictly comply with the 'Operation Listo' protocols and issuance of Ban Notice for tourist activities such as mountaineering, diving, swimming and others.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has also advised all its units to ensure strict implementation of their Guidelines on Movement of Vessels as sea travel and other coastal activities are risky during heavy weather.
The public may also report any updates from their respective areas through social media using the hashtags #LawinPH, #RescuePH, #ReliefPH, #FloodPH and #LandslidePH.
Source: Philippine Information Agency