Tropical Storm Odette intensifies-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
(Updated) PARTS of Luzon may experience flash floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Odette (international code name Usagi) intensified further early Wednesday.
In its 10:00 a.m. update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Odette, which may enhance the Southwest Monsoon, now packs maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
Odette was estimated at 800 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province as of 10 a.m., the state weather agency added.
Pagasa said Odette is projected to move west at 7 kph.
Odette is expected to be at 630 km East of Tuguegarao City by Thursday morning, and at 330 km East of Tuguegarao City by Friday morning. The cyclone should be 110 km North of Aparri or 100 km North of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning, Pagasa said.
Odette carries rainfall of about 15 to 20 mm per hour within its 500 km diameter.
The state weather bureau also said that the Southwest Monsoon continues to affect the Southern, Central Luzon, and parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro may have cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides.
It said Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon and of Calabarzon, Visayas and Mindanao may expect cloudy skies with light to moderate rain.(JK/SFP/Sunnex)