'Odette' intensifies, lashes northern Luzon


Posted at Oct 13 2017 05:45 AM

MANILA - Tropical storm Odette slightly intensified as it moves across northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said Friday morning.

In its 5 a.m. weather advisory, PAGASA said "Odette" is now packing maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 100 kph.

It was spotted near Allacapan, Cagayan as of 4 a.m. It made landfall over Sta. Ana, Cagayan around 12:40 a.m. Friday.

"Odette" is bringing moderate to heavy rains within its 400-kilometer diameter.

Public storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan group of islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, storm signal number 1 is raised over Isabela, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Benguet.

"Odette" is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of northern luzon due to the tropical storm.

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