17 areas in Luzon under storm signal-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
MANILA (Updated 7 p.m.) -- Typhoon Odette, the 15th cyclone to enter the country, has maintained its strength while battering at least 17 areas in Northern Luzon.
The Batanes Group of Islands is still under public storm signal number 4, while Calayan and Babuyan Group of islands remain under signal number 3. These areas will experience winds of 101 to 185 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 18 hours.
Signal number 2 was raised in Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte. Residents in these areas will experience maximum winds of 61 to 100 kph in at least 24 hours.
Signal number 1 is up in Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province and Ifugao. These areas should also expect 30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
As of 4 p.m. Friday, Odette was spotted at 220 kilometers (km) east of Basco Batanes, according to the latest bulletin of Pagasa.
The weather bureau said the typhoon, carrying maximum winds of 205 kph near its center, is expected to be at 180 km northwest of Basco Batanes by Saturday afternoon and outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday morning.
Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals are also alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. (Sunnex)