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Typhoon Odette makes first 2 landfalls in Siargao, Dinagat

Acor Arceo
Typhoon Odette makes first 2 landfalls in Siargao, Dinagat

ODETTE. Satellite image of Typhoon Odette (Rai) as of December 16, 2021, 1:30 pm.

PAGASA

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Odette (Rai) hits Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, then Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, at 3:10 pm

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Odette (Rai) made its first landfall in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, bringing torrential rain and very destructive winds.

This was followed by its second landfall in Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, at 3:10 pm.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said past 2:30 pm on Thursday that Odette strengthened again right before hitting Siargao.

The typhoon’s maximum sustained winds are now at 195 kilometers per hour from the previous 185 km/h. Its gustiness also increased to 240 km/h from 230 km/h.

Odette accelerated a bit, moving west northwest at 30 km/h from the previous 25 km/h.

More areas were placed under Signal No. 4 as of 2 pm. Below is the full list of places under tropical cyclone wind signals.

Signal No. 4 (very destructive typhoon-force winds)
  • Southern Leyte
  • southwestern part of Leyte (Hilongos, Bato, Matalom)
  • Bohol
  • central and southern parts of Cebu (Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Toledo City, Talisay City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Carcar City, Aloguinsan, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Argao, Alcantara, Ronda, Moalboal, Badian, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Malabuyoc, Alegria)
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
Signal No. 3 (destructive typhoon-force winds)
  • rest of southern part of Leyte (Abuyog, Mahaplag, Hindang, Inopacan, Baybay City, Javier, MacArthur)
  • northern part and extreme southern part of Cebu (Camotes Islands, Tuburan, Catmon, Carmen, Danao City, Asturias, Balamban, Samboan, Ginatilan, Oslob, Santander, Dalaguete, Sogod)
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • southern and central parts of Negros Occidental (Calatrava, San Carlos City, Salvador Benedicto, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Murcia, Bago City, Valladolid, Pulupandan, La Carlota City, San Enrique, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, Isabela, Binalbagan, Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, Ilog, Cauayan, Candoni, Sipalay City, Hinoba-an)
  • Guimaras
  • southern part of Iloilo (Iloilo City, Pavia, Leganes, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, Alimodian, Oton, Leon, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Igbaras, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin, Dumangas, Zarraga, New Lucena, Cabatuan, Maasin)
  • southern part of Antique (San Remigio, Patnongon, Belison, San Jose, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-y)
  • northern part of Agusan del Norte (Kitcharao, Jabonga, Santiago, Tubay, Cabadbaran City)
  • northern part of Surigao del Sur (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, Tandag City)
Signal No. 2 (damaging gale- to storm-force winds)
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Romblon
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • mainland Palawan including Kalayaan, Balabac, Cuyo, Calamian, and Cagayancillo Islands
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran
  • rest of Leyte
  • rest of Cebu
  • rest of Negros Occidental
  • rest of Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • rest of Antique
  • rest of Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Sur
  • rest of Agusan del Norte
  • extreme northern part of Zamboanga del Norte (Dapitan City, Siayan, Sindangan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, President Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Polanco, Dipolog City, Piñan, Mutia, La Libertad, Rizal, Sibutad)
  • extreme northern part of Zamboanga del Sur (Josefina, Molave, Mahayag, Dumingag, Tambulig)
  • Misamis Occidental
  • northern part of Lanao del Norte (Kolambugan, Maigo, Munai, Bacolod, Poona Piagapo, Kauswagan, Pantao Ragat, Matungao, Linamon, Baloi, Tagoloan, Pantar, Iligan City)
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Camiguin
  • northern part of Bukidnon (Cabanglasan, Malaybalay City, Lantapan, Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, Impasug-ong, Malitbog)
  • northern part of Lanao del Sur (Tagoloan II, Kapai)
Signal No. 1 (strong winds)
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • rest of Albay
  • Marinduque
  • southern part of Quezon (San Antonio, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Dolores, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Pitogo, Lopez, Guinayangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Tayabas City, Perez)
  • Batangas
  • northern part of Davao Oriental (Baganga, Cateel, Boston)
  • northern part of Davao de Oro (Laak, Mawab, Nabunturan, Montevista, Monkayo, New Bataan, Compostela)
  • northern part of Davao del Norte (Talaingod, Santo Tomas, Kapalong, Asuncion, San Isidro, New Corella)
  • rest of Bukidnon
  • rest of Lanao del Norte
  • rest of Lanao del Sur
  • rest of northern part of Zamboanga del Norte (Labason, Kalawit, Tampilisan, Liloy, Salug, Godod, Bacungan, Gutalac, Baliguian)
  • the rest of northern part of Zamboanga del Sur (Bayog, Lakewood, Kumalarang, Guipos, Dumalinao, Tukuran, Ramon Magsaysay, Aurora, Sominot, Tigbao, Labangan, Pagadian City, Midsalip)
  • northern part of Zamboanga Sibugay (Titay, Ipil, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay, Diplahan, Buug)

PAGASA maintained its rainfall forecast for Odette, reiterating the threat of floods and landslides.

Thursday, December 16, until early Friday morning, December 17

  • Heavy to torrential rain – Caraga, Central Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental
  • Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain – Leyte, southern part of Eastern Samar, southern part of Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, rest of Northern Mindanao
  • Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain – Bicol, Quezon, rest of Visayas, rest of Zamboanga Peninsula, rest of mainland Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Early Friday morning, December 17, until early Saturday morning, December 18

  • Heavy to intense rain, with at times torrential rain – Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands
  • Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain – Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, rest of Visayas
  • Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain – Caraga, southern part of Aurora, rest of Northern Mindanao

Early Saturday morning, December 18, until early Sunday morning, December 19

  • Heavy to torrential rain – Kalayaan Islands
  • Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain – Cagayan Valley, Aurora, Quezon, mainland Palawan, Calamian Islands

There remains a “moderate to high risk” of storm surges up to 3 meters high “which may cause life-threatening flooding in the low-lying coastal areas of Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and several localities in the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, Antique, the southern portion of Samar, Leyte, and Davao Oriental.”

PROJECTED PATH. Forecast track of Typhoon Odette (Rai) as of December 16, 2021, 2 pm.

Moderate to very high seas are also being experienced in seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals. Waves are 1.2 to 10 meters high, making travel risky for all types of vessels.

Coastal waters not under any tropical cyclone wind signal in the seaboards of Northern Luzon and in the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon also remain under a gale warning due to the typhoon and the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan. Seas are rough to very rough, with waves 2.8 to 4.5 meters high.

The remaining seaboards of the Philippines not under any wind signal have moderate to rough seas. Waves are 1.2 to 3.1 meters high and conditions are risky for small vessels.

Following Odette’s first two landfalls, the typhoon is seen to cross several provinces in Central Visayas and Western Visayas before emerging over the Sulu Sea on Friday morning, December 17.

Then it could pass near or in the vicinity of Cuyo or Cagayancillo and cross the northern or central part of Palawan on Friday afternoon or evening before finally exiting landmass toward the West Philippine Sea.

PAGASA said Odette may slightly weaken as it crosses northeastern Mindanao, the Visayas, and Palawan, but it will remain a typhoon. It is also likely to reintensify over the West Philippine Sea.

The typhoon could start to weaken again on Saturday evening, December 18, or Sunday, December 19, however, as it “becomes exposed to increasing vertical wind shear and the surge of the northeast monsoon,” the weather bureau said.

By that time, it would already be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Odette could exit PAR late Saturday morning.

Odette is the Philippines’ 15th tropical cyclone for 2021. Around 20 form within or enter PAR each year.

Here are PAGASA’s estimates for tropical cyclones in the coming months:

  • December 2021 – 1 or 2
  • January 2022 – 0 or 1
  • February 2022 – 0 or 1
  • March 2022 – 0 or 1
  • April 2022 – 0 or 1
  • May 2022 – 1 or 2

– Rappler.com

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