Bagyong Odette – Signal no. 4 up in Batanes

State weather bureau PAGASA hoisted public storm warning signal number 4 over the Batanes Group of Islands before noon Friday as typhoon “Odette” intensified further.

PAGASA said Odette significantly gained strength. From its previous wind strength of 175 kilometers per hour, Odette is now packing maximum winds of 205 kph near the center and gusts of up to 240 kph.

As of 10 a.m., Odette was located 350 kms east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan.

Under signal no. 4, Batanes should experience more than 185 kph winds in at least 12 hours.

Signal no. 3 (101-185 kph winds in at least 18 hours) was hoisted over Calayan Group of Islands Babuyan Group of Islands, while signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds in at least 24 hours) was up over Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao are under signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds in at least 36 hours).

PAGASA said Odette also gained speed, now moving northwest at 19 kph. The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday morning.

An estimated rainfall of 10 – 20 millimeters per hour (heavy-intense) is expected within the typhoon’s 900-km diameter.

Odette continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will bring heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas. Residents in these areas are warned against flash floods and landslides.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal nos. 4, 3, 2 and 1 are likewise alerted against possible flash floods and landslides while those living in coastal areas under signal nos. 4, 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges.

PAGASA said sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of southern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of central and southern Luzon and of Visayas.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Department of Defense has aready classified Odette as a super typhoon. PAGASA has no such classification.

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