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The public is asked to pay attention to PAGASA projections and prepare for ‘Odette.’

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has cautioned the public to keep an eye on its weather advisory and prepare for the arrival of Severe Tropical Storm Rai on Tuesday night.

Dr. Esperanza Cayanan, PAGASA’s Deputy Administrator for Research and Development and a weather expert, advised them to pay attention to the agency’s forecasts rather than predicting weather based on local conditions.
Such forecasts, according to Cayanan, provide science-based information about probable weather in the next days so that the public can appropriately prepare.
“Let’s not look at the situation right now,” she remarked during a virtual press conference for “Rai,” which would be renamed “Odette” after it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

She remembered how, years ago, several residents in Mindanao were perplexed by PAGASA’s projections for two tropical cyclones (TCs) that threatened their region.
Cayanan claimed the projections were “hard to believe,” adding that the weather was fine at the time.
The TCs she mentioned was “Sendong” (international name “Washi”) in 2011 and “Pablo” (international name “Bopha”) in 2012, both of which had a significant impact on different Mindanao locations.
PAGASA’s forecasts, according to Cayanan, aim to inform people about possible weather in their locations so they can make adequate preparations.
She suggested one approach to preserve life, limb, and property is to prepare for an onslaught of weather disruptions.
According to PAGASA, “Rai” is expected to make landfall in PAR on Tuesday and grow into a typhoon known locally as “Odette.”

On Thursday, “Odette” is expected to make landfall in the central Philippines, likely in the Eastern Visayas-Caraga region.
PAGASA noted that “Odette” might cross the central Philippines as a typhoon with rain, which could cause flooding and landslides.

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