Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

More areas have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 as Typhoon Odette intensified while moving towards Dinagat Islands and Siargao-Bucas Grande Islands, the weather bureau said Thursday.

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In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Odette” was last tracked 330 km. east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. It now packs maximum sustained winds of 165 km. per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 205 kph.

TCWS No. 3 is hoisted over Southern Leyte, the southern portion of Leyte (Abuyog, Mahaplag, City of Baybay, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Javier), Bohol, and the central and southern portions of Cebu (Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova, Carmen, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Cebu City, City of Talisay, Minglanilla, City of Naga, San Fernando, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander, Oslob, Badian, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Argao, Catmon, Tuburan, Asturias, Sogod, Balamban, Toledo City, Pinamungahan, City of Carcar, Aloguinsan, Barili, Dumanjug, Sibonga, Moalboal, Ronda, Alcantara) including Camotes Islands

In Mindanao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao), and the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, City of Tandag) are also under Signal No. 3.

Areas under TCWS No. 2 such as Sorsogon, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, the rest of Leyte, the rest of Cebu including Bantayan Islands, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan, the rest of Surigao del Sur, the rest of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, the northern portion of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, the northern portion of Misamis Occidental, and the extreme northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte will experience damaging gale to storm-force winds.

Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, Marinduque, the southern portion of Quezon, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, mainland Palawan including Balabac, Calamian, and Kalayaan Islands

In Mindanao, TCWS No. 1 is also hoisted over the northern portion of Davao Oriental, the northern portion of Davao de Oro, the northern portion of Davao del Norte, the rest of Misamis Occidental, the rest of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, the northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte, the northern portion of Zamboanga del Sur, and the northern portion of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Areas under TCWS No. 1 will experience strong winds. Further, moderate to very high seas will prevail over the seaboards of areas where TCWS 1, 2 and 3 are in effect. Mariners are advised to remain in port until winds and waves subside.

PAGASA said “Odette” is forecast to continue intensifying until its expected landfall on Thursday afternoon. The typhoon may reach a pre-landfall peak intensity of 175 to 195 kph prior to landfall.

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