Typhoon Odette targets north Luzon
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Odette (international codename Usagi) is still intensifying Thursday, September 19, as it closes in on northern Luzon.
Odette was 610 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City (17.1°N, 128.2°E) as of 10 am Thursday, carrying maximum winds of 140 km/h near its center and gusts of up to 170 km/h, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its latest bulletin.
Cagayan province is now under storm warning signal number 2. Residents should expect winds 61-100 km/h within the next 24 hours, the bureau said.
Storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over the following provinces:
- Ilocos Norte
These areas should expect winds between 45-60 km/h within the next 36 hours.
Residents in areas with storm warning signals should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides, as well as storm surges for those living in coastal areas.
Heavy to intense rainfall (15-20 mm/h) is expected within the typhoon's 600 km diameter.
The typhoon is forecast to move west at a speed of 13 km/h, and is expected to be 340 km east of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday morning (September 20), and 80 km south of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning.
It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday morning.
Odette will also continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rain and thunderstoms to Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.
Flash floods and landslides are possible in these areas, the bureau said.
The bureau said sea travel will be risky in the seas of Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and the eastern seaboard of central and southern Luzon and Visayas.
The next bulletin on Odette will be issued at 5 pm. – Rappler.com