'Odette' gains strength; signal no. 2 up in 5 areas
MANILA -- Public storm warning signal number 2 has been hoisted over five areas as typhoon "Odette" intensified further, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday afternoon.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said signal number 2 was raised over Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, and Apayao.
Storm signal number 1, meanwhile, was hoisted over IIocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga and Isabela.
As of 4 p.m. today, Odette was spotted at 570 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph.
It was forecast to move in a northwest direction towards northern Luzon at 15 kph.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the 700-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.
"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #2 are alerted against storm surges," the weather bureau said.
PAGASA said Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the regions of MIMAROPA and Western Visayas, and over Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.
It added that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan and over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas.