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'Odette' intensifies into tropical storm

Published October 13, 2017 12:06am Updated October 13, 2017 12:11am By MARGARET CLAIRE LAYUG, GMA News Tropical Depression Odette has intensified into a tropical storm late Thursday night as it continues in its westward direction.

With this, PAGASA has raised the weather warning to Signal no. 2 in four Northern Luzon provinces.

The state weather bureau said "Odette" was located 125 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan at 10 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

The Tropical Storm is moving westward at a speed of 30 kph.

According to PAGASA's 11 p.m. weather bulletin, the following provinces have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte

Meanwhile, the following provinces remain under TCWS No. 1:

  • Isabela
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Ilocos Sur

Tropical storm Odette is expected to make its landfall over Santa Ana, Cagayan between 11 p.m. on Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday.

"Odette" is then expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday evening.

PAGASA has warned against seafaring as the risk of high waves remains over open seas surrounding Northern Luzon as the storm approaches.

According to a News TV Live report, heavy downpour raised the water level of Bolo River in Adams, Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, some towns in the Isabela province experienced 8-hour brownouts.

PAGASA has advised the public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned to take precautionary measures until the next weather bulletin is posted Friday at 2 a.m. — BAP, GMA News


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