TD 'Odette' to linger in PHL; rains to continue

September 17, 2013 10:59 am 

MANILA, Sept. 17 — Tropical Depression "Odette" has maintained its strength as it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring light rains over the parts of Luzon and Visayas, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.

Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 4 a.m. the center of tropical depression Odette was located at at 830 km east of Tuguegarao City (17.9°N,130.7°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph.

It is forecast to move westward at 7 kph.

With this speed, he said Odette is expected to stay within the Philippine area of responsibility for the next three to four days.

Loiz added Odette has small chance to make landfall but is expected to intensify into tropical storm as it continues move over the Philippine Sea.

He said no public storm warning signal was raised since the cyclone is still too far to directly affect the country.

However, Loiz noted that except in Mindanao Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains to many parts of the country in the next few days.

Loiz said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

He added that Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGSA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest to South will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)



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