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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Odette (international codename Usagi) has intensified further Wednesday, September 18, as it continues to linger east of Cagayan.
Odette was spotted 770 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City (17.5ºN,130.0ºE) as of 4 pm Wednesday, September 18, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 24-hour public weather forecast.
Odette has maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 135 km/h.
It is still moving at a slow 7 km/h, and is forecast to move towards the general direction of Cagayan and Batanes in the next 24-36 hours.
The bureau has yet to hoist storm warning signals.
As Odette lingers in the Pacific, it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon.
Heavy to intense rainfall (15-20 mm/h) is estimated within the storm’s 500 km diameter.
The next bulletin on Odette will be released 11 pm Wednesday. – Rappler.com