MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Odette slightly accelerated as it continued moving toward the province of Cagayan late Thursday morning, October 12.
In a bulletin issued 11 am on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Odette is already 540 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, now moving west northwest at a faster 30 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The tropical depression still has maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.
PAGASA warned that Odette could intensify into a tropical storm before making landfall. Since it is moving faster, it is now projected to hit land in Cagayan on Thursday evening. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Signal number 1 is raised in the following areas:
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
Sea travel remains risky in the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon.
Odette is now expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) late Friday, October 13.