Typhoon Odette now out of PAR-A A +A
Saturday, September 21, 2013
MANILA (Updated, 6:49 p.m.) - Typhoon Odette (international name: Usagi) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Odette slightly weakened after making landfall in Itbayat, Batanes at 7 a.m. Saturday. It currently moves west northwestward at the speed of 19 kilometers per hour (kph), state weather forecasters said.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, the eye of Typhoon Odette was spotted at 160 km west of Itbayat, Batanes. Odette packs maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
The United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), as well as the Hong Kong Observatory upgraded Odette into Supertyphoon status, calling it as the strongest cyclone on earth in 2013.
By Sunday morning, Odette should be 330 km northwest of Basco, Batanes or 230 km west of southern Taiwan.
JTWC said that the cyclone should weaken once it hits Southern Taiwan.
The state weather bureau lowered some of the Public Storm Warning Signals.
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hours):
-Batanes Group of Islands
-Calayan Group of Islands
-Babuyan Group of Islands
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected within the next 36 hours):
Odette carries rainfall of about 10 to 20 mm within its 700 km diameter.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. advisory, "Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals numbers 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."
The state weather bureau also warned that will enhance the Southwest Monsoon, bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
"Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides," Pagasa said.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands should continue to experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.
Ilocos provinces, together with Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, and the rest of Cagayan will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
"Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms," it added.
Pagasa also said that the skies of Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms. (SFP/Sunnex)