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MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Odette (Khanun) strengthened and slightly accelerated on Saturday afternoon, October 14, ahead of its exit from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Odette is already 300 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, heading northwest at a slightly faster 10 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 7 km/h. This speed, however, is generally still slow.
The severe tropical storm now has maximum winds of 105 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h.
There are no more areas under tropical cyclone warning signals.
But PAGASA warned that there would still be moderate to heavy rain in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Ilocos, as well as the provinces of Zambales and Bataan, since Odette is still inside PAR.
The rest of the country will have light to moderate rain.
Sea travel also remains risky in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Central Luzon, and the western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Odette had made landfall in Santa Ana, Cagayan at 12:40 am on Friday, October 13. The municipality of Allacapan in Cagayan, where the severe tropical storm also passed through, has since been placed under a state of calamity.
Odette is expected to leave PAR on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) still outside PAR. More information will be given on this LPA in succeeding weather bulletins. – Rappler.com
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