The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued the highest alert level (Signal Number 5 – Super typhoon) for Typhoon ‘Haima.’ The typhoon, based on latest forecast, is traveling northwestwardly at approximately 25 km/h with wind speed of up to 259 km/h. Typhoon ‘Haima’ or ‘Lawin’ is expected to make landfall tonight or early tomorrow morning impacting the eastern coastline of Cagayan/Isabel Provinces of Luzon island. Along with the threats of damaging winds and 4-5 meter storm surge in the coastal areas, Typhoon ‘Haima’ may also cause flooding and landslides in mountainous terrain of northern Luzon. Cagayan and Isabela provinces are under the highest Public Storm Warning no.5 with Tuguegarao City as the most populated city along the typhoon track. Some locations within the potentially affected areas have powered down the electricity as a precautionary measure. National and local governments of the Philippines are currently in the highest alert and conducting various preparations measures, including prepositioning of life-saving resources near the potential affected areas.
The AHA Centre organised a video conference call with the Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) of the NRRMC-OCD and the various ASEAN Members States to provide them with updates on the preparatory measures. The Philippine government has stated that the response to Typhoon ‘Haima’ is still fully under the Philippines’ national response capacity and that all international support are put on standby until further instructions from the Government of Philippines.
AHA Centre team and the ASEAN-ERAT forward deployed in Manila is closely monitoring the situation and will be coordinating with the NDRRMC-OCD for any possible support that may be requested. The next update will be issued immediately after landfall.