PAGASA: 'Lawin' expected to intensify further ahead of landfall Thursday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Lawin is expected to intensify into a strong typhoon or even a super typhoon before making landfall over Cagayan early Thursday morning, as some provinces are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Karen.

In a press briefing Tuesday, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Lawin" will also cross Apayao and Ilocos Norte, before possibly leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday early morning.

PAGASA tracked the eye of the typhoon 930 km east of Tayabas, Quezon as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 650 km diameter of the storm.

"Lawin" is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.

Weather officials warned the public against sea travel over the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon and the northern and eastern seaboards of Samar.

Signal No. 1 has been raised over Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan including Calayan group of Islands, Batanes group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Catanduanes, and Polillo Islands.