Signal no. 3 up in Batanes due to 'Odette'
MANILA – Tropical storm warning signal number 3 was hoisted over the Batanes group of islands on Friday morning as typhoon "Odette" continued to approach northern Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said Batanes should experience 101-185 kilometers per hour (kph) winds in the next 18 hours.
Signal number 2, meanwhile, remains hoisted over Apayao, Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, and Babuyan Group of Islands.
Signal number 1 remains up over IIocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga, and Isabela.
Areas under signals no 1 and 2 should experience 30-60 kph and 61-100 kph winds in the next 24 hours, respectively.
PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., Odette was located 410 kms east of Aparri, Cagayan, and was still packing maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph.
Odette was still moving northwest at 15 kph. With this speed and direction, PAGASA said Odette is expected to be 100 kms east of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning.
An estimated rainfall of 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (heavy-intense) is expected within the typhoon's 700-km diameter.
Odette continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas. Residents in these areas are warned against flash floods and landslides.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal nos. 3, 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal nos. 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.