Tropical Storm Odette intensifies as it crosses Cagayan
Tropical Storm Odette intensifies as it crosses Cagayan
Odette (Khanun) slightly strengthens after hitting Santa Ana, Cagayan early Friday, October 13

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Odette (Khanun) is now crossing northern Cagayan after making landfall in Santa Ana, Cagayan at 12:40 am on Friday, October 13.

In a bulletin issued past 5 am on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Odette is already in the vicinity of Allacapan, Cagayan. It slowed down after hitting land and is now moving west at 24 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 30 km/h.

Odette also slightly intensified and now has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 100 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Signal number 2 is still raised in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte

Signal number 1 is up over:

  • Isabela
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Benguet

Areas under tropical cyclone warning signals should watch out for possible floods and landslides.

Sea travel also remains risky in the seaboards of Northern Luzon.

Odette is expected to exit landmass between 8 am and 11 am on Friday morning, then leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the evening or early Saturday morning, October 14.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Odette as of October 13, 5 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA

On Friday, Central Luzon, the rest of Cagayan Valley, and the rest of Ilocos will also have moderate to heavy rain, while the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Luzon – including Metro Manila – will have light to moderate rain. –