Super typhoon ‘Odette’ makes landfall in Batanes

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MANILA, 21Sept2013 (PNA) – Typhoon “Odette” (Usagi) continues to intensify and have already made landfall in Batanes area on Saturday morning, the state weather forecasting bureau said.

Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 7 a.m. the eye of typhoon Odette made landfall over Itbayat, Batanes (20.7°N, 121.9°E).

Aurelio said that the typhoon’s wind strength increased from 205 kilometers per hour (kph) Friday afternoon to 215 kph Saturday morning, while its gustiness rose from 240 kph to 250 kph.

He added that Odette continues to move west northwest at 19 kph.

With its speed, he noted Odette is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday evening or Sunday morning and will be headed towards Hong Kong and southern China.

Aurelio also said that 17 provinces in Luzon are still under public storm warning signals while Batanes group of island remains under public storm warning signal no. 4.

Winds of more than 185 kph is expected in the Batanes group of island in the next 12 hours.

Public storm warning signal no. 3 is still raised over the Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands, winds of more than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in the next 18 hours.

PAGASA said the areas placed under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) include Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province and Ifugao.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 4, 3, 2 & 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signals 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges,” PAGASA said.

He also said that typhoon Odette continues to affect the areas of northern and central Luzon while southwest monsoon enhance by the typhoon affecting Southern Luzon and also Western Visayas.

Asked why some parts of Metro Manila are windy, Aurelio explained this is due to southwest monsoon enhanced by the typhoon.

PAGASA said Odette may bring rainfall of 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 900-km diameter of the typhoon.

PAGASA said that Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

“Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides,” it said.

PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon “Odette” may affect the seaboards Luzon and Visayas.

“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. (PNA)

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