Batanes under storm signal no. 3 as 'Odette' continues to threaten N. Luzon

September 20, 2013 9:25 am 

MANILA, Sept. 20 — Signal no. 3 has been hoisted over Batanes group of islands while four areas were under Signal No. 2 and seven areas under Storm Signal No. 1, as typhoon "Odette" (Usagi) has intensified further as it continues to threaten the Northern Luzon area, the state weather forecaster said on Friday.

Weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that as of 5 a.m. typhoon Odette was spotted at 400 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (19.0°N, 125.9°E) packed with maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph.

Quitlong said that if Odette does not change course it is expected to make a landfall over Batanes by Saturday morning.

With its speed, Odette is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday and is headed towards southern China.

He also said that typhoon Odette affected the areas of Northern and Central Luzon while southwest monsoon enhance by the typhoon affecting Southern Luzon and also Western Visayas.

Public storm warning signal no. 3 is now raised over the Batanes group of islands, winds of more than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

PAGASA said the areas placed under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) include Apayao, Cagayan, including Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over IIocos Norte, Ilocos SurMt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga and Isabela.

"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 3, 2 & 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signals 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges," PAGASA said.

PAGASA said Odette may bring rainfall of 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700-km diameter of the typhoon.

PAGASA said Typhoon "Odette" will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.

It added that residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides.

PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon "Odette" may affect the western seaboard of Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that Batanes group of islands, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands and Apayao will experience stormy weather. Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt.Province, Ifugao, Abra and Kalinga will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.

It added that Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

The rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest over the rest of the county and the coastal waters over these areas will be moderate to rough seas.(PNA)

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