More provinces under Signal No. 5. Pangasinan still under Signal No. 2
Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) maintained its strength late Wednesday afternoon, October 19, as it continues to pose a serious threat to the Cagayan-Isabela area.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Lawin is now 275 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It still has maximum winds of up to 225 km/h and gustiness of up to 315 km/h.
Lawin is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area later around midnight and then cross Ilocos Norte and Apayao.
In a press briefing, PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio warned that the destruction could be close to what the Philippines experienced during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.
"Ano po ang mararanasan po nila (areas under signal number 5)? Delubyo po. Hindi nalalayo sa pinsala ng Yolanda," he said.
(What will areas under signal number 5 experience? It may be catastrophic, not far from the destruction caused by Yolanda.)
Below is the complete list of areas under warning signals.