'Odette' slightly weakens after landfall in Batanes
|MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 8:32 a.m., 21 September 2013|
Storm signal still up in 14 areas
MANILA (UPDATED) – Typhoon "Odette" has slightly weakened after it made landfall in Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday morning, weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Odette was still moving at 19 kilometers per hour (kph) in a west-northwest direction.
Odette has slightly weakened, now carrying maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 220 kph.
Public storm warning signal is still hoisted over 14 areas in Northern Luzon.
Signal number 3 is hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, while signal number 2 is up over Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Groups of Islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
The following areas are under storm signal number 1:
• La Union
• Ilocos Sur
• Mt. Province
Public storm warning signals elsewhere are now lowered.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the 800-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.
"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals #3, #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges," PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, Odette is still enhancing the southwest monsoon which may bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the western section of southern Luzon.
On Friday, authorities have evacuated northern coastal villages, suspended ferry services and called in fishing boats as the storm approached land.
Power and communications in the area have been cut off for safety reasons and hospitals were put on alert as disaster agencies stocked up on food and water.
Typhoon Odette is forecast to be 230 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes tonight.
"Kung hindi magbabago ang direksiyon nito at bilis lalabas ito ng PAR mamayang hapon," said PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz.