Typhoon 'Odette' intensifies-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
MANILA -- Typhoon "Odette" intensified on Thursday night as it continues to move in a northwest direction, the country's weather bureau reported.
The Philippine Atmposheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed 12 areas in Luzon under public storm warning signals due to Odette (international codename: Usagi), the fifteenth typhoon that entered the country this year.
Placed under storm signal number 2 are the Batanes group of islands, Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan group of islands and Apayao; while placed under storm signal number 1 are the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga, and Isabela, according to Pagasa's 11 p.m. weather advisory.
As of 10 p.m. Thursday, the typhoon was located 490 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan.
Pagasa said Odette is moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (kph), with maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
Weather forecasters said Odette is expected to be at 190 km east of Basco Batanas by Friday evening.
Pagasa estimated rainfall amount from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy-intense) within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon.
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal number 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges.
Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over MIimaropa, Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas. Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides, the Pagasa said.
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, the Pagasa added. (Sunnex)