PAGASA lifts all storm signals

Posted at 09/29/12 12:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA has lifted all public storm warning signals as typhoon “Lawin” continued to move away from the country.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin Friday, PAGASA said the typhoon was last spotted 480 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes and was seen moving northeast at 17 kilometers per hour (kph).

Lawin is packing winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

PAGASA said the typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday morning.

The typhoon left at least 3 people dead and 1 person missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC identified the fatalities as Jessie Ehem Sam, 31, Cebu; Mark Anthony Mallari, 5, Zamboanga City; and Roberto Fontanilla, 62, Zamboanga del Norte.

Samsudin Moccadam, meanwhile, has been reported as missing in Brgy. San Vicente, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.