12 areas under storm signal as ‘Odette’ gains strength-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MANILA (Updated 6:11 p.m.) -- Twelve areas in Northern Luzon were placed under storm signal Thursday afternoon as Typhoon Odette (international codename: Usagi) gained strength while moving northwest toward the region.
As of 4 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Odette was estimated at 570 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
Pagasa placed the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan Group of Island, and Apayao, under public storm warning signal number 2. These areas should brace for winds of about 61 to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 24 hours. Classes up to high school level are also automatically suspended.
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga, and Isabela were placed under signal number 1. These areas should expect winds between 30 to 60 kph within the next 36 hours, said Pagasa.
"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal number 2 and number 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges," said Pagasa.
Odette is packing maximum winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph, and is expected to be 320 kilometers northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday afternoon.
On Saturday afternoon, it is expected to be at 50 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes. By Sunday afternoon, it will be 380 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Pagasa said Odette may bring rains of 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700 kilometers diameter.
The weather bureau also said that Odette will enhance the southwest monsoon, which may bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, and cause flash floods and landslides over Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas.
Pagasa warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan and over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas. (Sunnex)