Ilocos Norte evacuates high-risk communities, preps for Typhoon Lawin


Oct. 19, 2016 ...

Directed by Gov. Imee R. Marcos, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has begun implementing pre-emptive evacuation in areas prone to flooding and landslides in light of Typhoon Lawin (international name: "Haima").

Batac City and towns in the south of Ilocos Norte were also put on high alert as the governor noted based on weather reports that Lawin's track had turned slightly southward, coming from the east.

Yesterday, Gov. Marcos had already ordered the suspension of classes in all levels.

As of 2:00pm today, Ilocos Norte is among the seven provinces declared to be under Tropical Cyclone Warning System (TCWS) Signal No. 4.

Provincial Information Officer June Arvin Gudoy urges residents to "make sure there's enough food for two to three days, and at the same time mag-charge na, bumili ng baterya o kandila," to ensure maximum preparedness for the onslaught of Typhoon Lawin.

Lawin had already reached "supertyphoon" status earlier this morning, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the United States Naval Observatory.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the typhoon will be within the vicinity of Currimao by tomorrow morning.

Suspension of work has also been declared for tomorrow, October 20.

The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning.