According to records, the two are almost of the same speed, strength, and diameter.
- maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour
- gusts of 315 kph
- 800-kilometer diameter
- maximum sustained winds of 235 kph
- gusts of 275 kph
- 600-kilometer diameter
"Si Yolanda, napakabilis, so 'yung pag-ulan niya hindi masyadong naiipon sa isang lugar hindi katulad nitong si Lawin na much ang bagal niya, o mas mabagal siya kay Yolanda [Yolanda moved faster, so the rains did not fall in a single area, unlike Lawin which is moving slower than Yolanda],"says PAGASA Weather forecaster Jori Loiz.
Its surge is being compared to Typhoon Juan in 2010 having an average of 5km vis a vis Juan's 4.6-6.8 meters.
It has the same track as with 8 other typhoons, but it is closer to Typhoon Iliang which hit PH back in October 1998.
"Kasi ang forecast natin ay maglandfall siya sa may Cagayan-Isabela area, tapos si Iliang ay doon talaga sa Isabela naglandfall," says Rosa Barba, senior weather specialist, Climate Agromet Data Section of PAGASA.
Meanwhile, everyone is still advised to take precautions.