Odette batters Batanes-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
MANILA (Updated 12:01 p.m.) -- State weather forecasters placed Batanes under storm signal number 4 on Friday, as Typhoon Odette (international codename: Usagi) remained a threat to Northern Luzon. Residents living in this area should brace for winds of more than 185 kilometers per hour (kph) within the next 12 hours.
Signal number 3, with winds of 101-185 kph, has been raised in Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, while signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph) was hoisted in the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
The provinces of Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, and Ifugao has been under signal number 1. These areas will experience winds of 30-60 kph within the next 36 hours.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, Odette was located about 350 kilometers northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph. The cyclone carries rainfall of about 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy-intense) within its 900 kilometers diameter.
Pagasa said Odette is expected to move northwest at 19 kph and may be 100 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning.
"Typhoon Odette is expected to be at 90 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes or at 170 kilometers north of Calayan Island, Cagayan by tomorrow morning. By tomorrow evening, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 290 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes," said Pagasa.
Meanwhile, Pagasa warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas storm signals against flash floods and landslides.
It also said that Odette will still enhance the southwest monsoon that may bring possible heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.
"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals #4, #3, #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #4, #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges," said Pagasa.
On the other hand, US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Odette into a supertyphoon, and based on its data, it heads to Central China. JTWC said the cyclone is not expected to weaken until it reaches the land of Southern Taiwan.
Japan Meteorological Agency describes Odette as "large" and "violent." (JK/SFP/Sunnex)