Sig­nal num­ber 2 up over 4 prov­inces; NDRRMC on alert

Manila Bulletin - - News - By CHITO A. CHAVEZ and FRAN­CIS T. WAKE­FIELD

Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Warn­ing Sig­nal (TCWS) num­ber 2 re­mains hoisted over four prov­inces as of Fri­day af­ter­noon while TCWS num­ber 1 is up over eight other parts of the coun­try as trop­i­cal storm Odette main­tained its strength and crosses Apayao Fri­day morn­ing.

The Philip­pine At­mo­spheric Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA) placed Batanes, Ca­gayan in­clud­ing Babuyan group of islands, Apayao and Ilo­cos Norte un­der TCWS num­ber 2.

Is­abela, Abra, Kalinga, Moun­tain Prov­ince, Ifu­gao, Ilo­cos Sur, La Union and Benguet mean­while re­mains un­der TCWS num­ber 1.

In its weather bul­letin, PAGASA said the eye of Odette was lo­cated in the vicin­ity of Calanasan, Apayao at 7 a.m.

With this con­di­tion, rain­fall is ex­pected to be mod­er­ate to heavy within Odette's 400-kilo­me­ter di­am­e­ter.

The trop­i­cal storm has max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 75 kilo­me­ters per hour (kph) near the cen­ter and gusti­ness of up to 120 kph as it is ex­pected to move west south­west at 24 kph.

PAGASA warned that travel by sea is risky over the seaboards of North­ern Lu­zon.

NDRRMC ad­vi­sory Mean­time, the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter is cur­rently on ‘blue alert’ sta­tus as ‘Odette’ hov­ers over North­ern Lu­zon.

NDRRMC spokesper­son Rom­ina Marasi­gan said the pub­lic is ad­vised to stay alert, con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing weather up­dates and ad­vi­sories via tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and so­cial me­dia, and heed the ad­vice of their lo­cal of­fi­cials.

"Ev­ery­one is strongly en­cour­aged to stay at home and post­pone any leisure and tourist ac­tiv­i­ties es­pe­cially in North­ern Lu­zon un­til the trop­i­cal de­pres­sion has ceased," Marasi­gan said.

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