#LawinPH keeps strength, to hit Cagayan area by Thursday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A few hours after entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) late Monday afternoon, Typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) maintained its strong winds as it threatens northern Luzon.

According to the weather bureau's 11 p.m. advisory, Lawin has maintained its maximum sustained winds of up to 175 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 215 kph — just as strong as when it entered PAR earlier at 5:30 p.m.

However, it has slowed down a bit at 22 kph (from 24 kph), still in a west northwest direction.

At 12 a.m. Tuesday, Lawin was seen 1,160 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) added that the expected amount of rainfall was from moderate to heavy within Lawin's 600-km diameter.

Lawin is expected to grow stronger before it makes landfall in the Cagayan area by Thursday morning — then crossing Ilocos Norte and Apayao.

By Friday morning, it is expected to be out of the country.