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Parts of VisMin are now under TCWS No. 2 as ‘Odette’ escalates.

Typhoon Odette has strengthened further as it moves west-northwestward across the Philippine Sea, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA reported “Odette” was assessed to be 485 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum, sustained winds of 130 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin.

It warned that regions, where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) No. 2 have been hoisted, may suffer gale to storm-force winds.

Southern Samar (City of Borongan, Maydolong, Balangkayan, Llorente, Lawaan, Balangiga, Giporlos, Quinapondan, General Macarthur, Hernani, Salcedo, Mercedes, Guiuan), Southern Leyte (Basey, Marabut, Santa Rita), Southern Leyte (Ormoc City, Jaro, Alangalang, Tacloban City, Palompon, Merid (Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Sierra Bullones, Dagohoy, Talibon, Trinidad, San Miguel, Pilar, Duero, Guindulman, Anda, Candijay, Alicia, Mabini, Ubay, Bien Unido, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia).

Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, the Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, the northeastern half of Bukidnon (Impasug-Ong, Malitbog), the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental (Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Salay, Medina, Gingoog

Strong winds are expected in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands, the southern portion of Quezon (Guinayangan, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres), Marinduque, Romblon, the central and southern portions of Oriental Mindoro (C (Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli, El Nido, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands).

The following are also covered by TCWS no. 1 in the Visayas and Mindanao: Northern Samar, the rest of Eastern Samar, the rest of Samar, Biliran, the rest of Leyte, the rest of Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, and Aklan, the northern portion of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel), the northern portion of Davao de Oro (Monkayo, Compostela, Montevista (Tagoloan II, Kapai, Bubong).

Over the seaboards of locations where TCWS are in place, moderate to high seas will continue to dominate. Mariners should stay in port until the winds and seas have died down.

Gale warnings remain in effect for the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon, the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon, the western and eastern seaboards of the Visayas, and the eastern shoreline of Mindanao not under any TCWS due to “Odette” and the northeast monsoon.

The remaining seaboards of Central Luzon, southern Luzon, and the western and northern seaboards of Mindanao that are not under any TCWS will continue to see moderate to rough seas.

The trough and outermost rain bands of “Odette” are expected to provide mild to moderate precipitation to Caraga, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte, according to the weather agency.

On Thursday, “Odette” is expected to make landfall in Caraga or Eastern Visayas, according to PAGASA. Prior to reaching landfall, the typhoon could reach a peak strength of 155 kph.

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