7 areas under storm signal as Odette gains strength-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MANILA (Updated 1:44 p.m.) -- Seven areas in Northern Luzon were under storm signal Thursday afternoon as Typhoon Odette (international codename: Usagi) intensified further and continued moving toward Northern Luzon.
As of 1 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Odette was estimated at 600 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
Pagasa placed Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, under public storm warning signal number 2. These areas should expect 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.
The Batanes group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga and Isabela were placed under signal number 1. These areas should brace for winds between 30 to 60 kph within the next 36 hours.
"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 #2 are alerted against storm surges," said Pagasa.
Odette carries maximum winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph, and is forecast to move west at 13 kph. It is expected to be 370 km east of Aparri, Cagayan or 400 km southeast of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning.
On Saturday morning, it is expected to be 100 km southeast of Basco, Batanes.
By Sunday morning, it is expected to be 200 km northwest of Basco, Batanes or 90 km southwest of Taiwan.
Pagasa said Odette may bring rain of 15 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 600-km diameter.
It also said Odette will enhance the Southwest Monsoon, that may bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, and cause flash floods and landslides over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and over Zambales and Bataan.
Pagasa warned 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. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)