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The NDRRMC advises residents to evacuate ahead of the arrival of ‘Odette.’

Local governments in the path of Severe Tropical Storm Rai (which will be renamed Odette after it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility) may order preemptive evacuations in anticipation of a major typhoon that might impact the country Tuesday night.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), “Odette” is expected to affect nearly 10,000 barangays in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as some places in Southern Luzon.

“Na-identify nga po natin ang mga at-risk areas, kaya po pinaalahanan ang mga LGUs na bago pa dumating ang sama ng panahon at nakikita po ang imminent risk sa area, ay maaring pong magsagawa ng pre-emptive evacuation itong ating mga local government units,” NDRRMC spokesman Mark

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration announced in a tropical cyclone bulletin that “Rai” has intensified as it approaches the PAR. As of 10 a.m., it was projected to be 1,165 kilometers east of Mindanao.

Near the center, persistent winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) are expected, with gusts of up to 115 kph. On Wednesday, it is expected to strengthen into a typhoon.

Residents and local government units in Northern Luzon have also been warned of the negative weather effects of the shear line, which may be exacerbated by “Odette.”

Inter-island sea travel in the Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga has been suspended due to the storm’s possible strong impact. This is to ensure that no one is caught at sea by the storm and that no one is stranded at the ports.

The travel bans in these locations will stay in effect until the storm warning is canceled, according to Timbal.

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