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As ‘Odette’ increases to signal No. 4

Typhoon Odette has strengthened further as it threatens the Bucas Grande – Siargao Island and Dinagat Islands, prompting the elevation of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 4 in some areas.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin that “Odette” now has maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h around the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. It was last seen 175 kilometers east of Surigao del Norte’s Surigao City.

In places where tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 has been issued, extremely destructive typhoon-force winds may be encountered. Southern Leyte and eastern Bohol (Talibon, Trinidad, San Miguel, Dagohoy, Pilar, Sierra Bullones, Jagna, Garcia Hernandez, Duero, Guindulman, Anda, Candijay, Alicia, Mabini, Ubay, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Bien Unido), Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), Surigao del Sur (including Si

The southern and central portions of Cebu (Camotes Islands, Tuburan, Catmon, Carmen, Danao City, Asturias, Balamban, Cebu City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Toledo City, City of Talisay, Minglanilla, Sambo) are all under TCWS No. 3 and will experience destructive typhoon-force winds (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, City of Tandag).

Under TCWS No. 2, damaging gale to storm-force winds are expected in the southern portion of Albay (Tabaco, Malilipot, Rapu-rapu, Bacacay, Santo Domingo, Legazpi City, Manito, Camalig, Daraga, Jovellar, Guinobatan, Pio Duran, City of Ligao, Oas), Sorsogon, Masbate (including Ticao and Burias (El Nido, Calamian Islands, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli, Cuyo Islands).

Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, the rest of Leyte, the rest of Cebu, the rest of Negros Occidentales, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique, the rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Katipunan, Sergio Osmea Sr., Polanco, Dipo, and the rest of Zamboanga del Nort (Tagoloan II, Kapai).

TCWS No. 1 is in effect in some parts of Luzon and Mindanao. The provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, Marinduque, and the southern part of Quezon (San Antonio, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Dolores, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Pitogo, Lopez, Guinayang (Titay, Ipil, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay, Diplahan, Buug).

In certain places, strong winds with stronger gusts are likely.

Seas will be moderate to extremely high along the coasts of locations where the TCWS is in place. In addition, a gale warning is in effect for various coastal waters that are not under any wind signal, including the northern Luzon shoreline and the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon.

PAGASA also stated that moderate to rough seas will continue to prevail along the country’s remaining seaboards that are not subject to any TCWS.

Meanwhile, rains are expected to be heavy to torrential in Caraga, Central Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Southern Leyte, and Negros Occidental.

Over Leyte, the southern regions of Eastern Samar and Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao de Norte, and the rest of Northern Mindanao, moderate to heavy rainfall will prevail.

Over the Bicol Region, Quezon, and the remainder of the Visayas, the rest of the Zamboanga Peninsula, and mainland Bangsamoro, on the other hand, mild to moderate rainfall may be expected, with heavy rains possible at times.

Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, “Odette” is scheduled to make ashore near the Siargao-Bucas Grande Islands or the Dinagat Islands.

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