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‘Odette’ has become a typhoon, and Signal No. 2 has been activated in the Surigao provinces.

As Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 is issued over Surigao provinces, weather disturbance “Odette” (international name Rai) has strengthened into a typhoon.

Odette presently has a top speed of 120 kph around the center and gusts are up to 150 kph. It was last seen 590 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, in Surigao del Sur.

TCWS No. 2 has been raised over the eastern section of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, according to Nikos Pearanda of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

“Strong winds are expected in some places,” he warned.

Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao Island, and southern Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Alcantara, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Orientales, Negros Occidentales, Siquijor, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique,

Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, the whole of Surigao del Norte, the Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Bukidnon (Malitbog, Impasug-Ong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Libona, Baungon), Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, the northern portion of Misamis Occidental (Plaridel, Baliangao, Sapang Dalaga) (Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal, La Libertad, Dipolog City).

Moderate to high seas will continue to persist along the coasts of the TCWS-affected areas. PAGASA recommends seafarers to stay in port or seek shelter until the winds and waves have died down.

The gale warning is still in effect for the northern and central Luzon seaboards, the eastern and western seaboards of southern Luzon, the western and eastern seaboards of the Visayas, and the eastern seafront of Mindanao that are not under any TCWS.

Furthermore, moderate to rough seas will dominate across the remaining seaboards of central and southern Luzon, as well as the western and northern seaboards of Mindanao, which are not under any wind signal.

Meanwhile, showers are expected to fall in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, the Dinagat Islands, and Southern Leyte, ranging from light to moderate to heavy at times.

“In certain places, flooding and landslides are a possibility,” Pearanda warned.

On Thursday, “Odette” is expected to make landfall in Caraga or Eastern Visayas.

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