'Odette' intensifies, remains almost stationary
MANILA (UPDATED) -- Tropical storm "Odette" has further intensified as it remained almost stationary, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its weather bulletin issued 11 a.m. Wednesday, PAGASA said Odette was last spotted at 800 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
The storm is now packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph.
It is forecast to move in a westward direction at 7 kph.
Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the slow movement of Odette is due to the tropical depression in Vietnam since the two weather disturbances are both affecting the monsoon winds.
While Odette has yet to directly affect the country, Escullar said it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over the western section of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Particularly, PAGASA said the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon and of CALABARZON, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Escullar said that once the tropical depression in Vietnam makes a landfall, the country should expect heavier rains beginning Thursday.