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Force Of Nature: Lawin's Devastation Of North Luzon

Eerily similar to 2013's Yolanda
by Andrei Medina | Oct 20, 2016
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In November 2013, super typhoon Yolanda ravaged the country, resulting in thousands of lives lost and countless properties destroyed, not to mention the still ongoing rebuilding process in hard-hit provinces like Leyte.

Fast forward to three years later, and we now face a similar instance with super typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) boasting an initial Category 5 storm strength.

Due to this, state weather agency PAGASA earlier declared an unprecedented storm warning Signal No. 5 in Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Northern Abra and Ilocos Norte.


Fortunately, Lawin weakened and was degraded to typhoon category after traversing northern Luzon, following its landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

Metro Manila, for the most part, was barely affected by the storm, although there was sporadic rains and strong winds in various cities.

Below are a few examples of the destruction brought about by the force of nature known as Lawin:

In Isabela, strong winds battered the province hampering electricity and communications.

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Even garbage was not safe from Lawin's wrath; huge waves caused trash at the Manila Bay to be swept over to Roxas Boulevard where there was gutter-deep flooding.

In Baguio City, at least 1,000 residents have evacuated due to the storm. Strong rains and winds caused two incidents of flashfloods and 90 percent of power was cut.

Meanwhile, Tuguegarao in the province of Cagayan lost all power. Battering winds brought down trees and broke windows of numerous establishments.

Lawin is set to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday evening but the damage it did to the northern provinces is undeniable.


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