'Odette' intensifies into tropical storm; 5 areas under signal no.2


Posted at Oct 12 2017 11:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2017 02:37 AM

MANILA - Tropical depression "Odette" has intensified into a tropical storm, the state weather bureau said Thursday night.

In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said Odette was set to make landfall over Santa Ana, Cagayan between 11 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. 

Storm signal number 2 has been raised over Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan group of islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, storm signal number 1 is hoisted over Isabela, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Ilocos Sur. 

Moderate to heavy rains, which are expected within the tropical cyclone's 350-kilometer, may cause flash floods and landslides, according to PAGASA.

Odette was last spotted 125 km east of Aparri town in Cagayan, packing top sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph. 

The tropical storm is expected to exit the landmass of Ilocos Norte by Friday morning and leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday night.