Updated 02:12 AM PHT Wed, October 19, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Lawin (international name: Haima) continued to gain strength as it moved toward the general direction of northern Luzon, according to the latest weather bureau advisory late Tuesday evening.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAGASA) 11 p.m. update, Lawin would intensify further before it would hit Cagayan area early Thursday morning.
It was then expected to cross Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
As of 12 a.m. Wednesday, Lawin's center was 715 km east of Baler, Aurora.
It had maximum sustained winds of up to 195 kph with gustiness of up to 240 kph.
Signal No. 2 has been raised over:
- northern Aurora
- Calayan group of islands
- Batanes group of islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Mt. Province
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
- the rest of Aurora
- northern Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes
Lawin is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday evening.