Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - —JAYMEET. GAMIL

Stay put un­til the storm has passed. The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) ad­vised the pub­lic over the week­end as it raised the alert sta­tus to “blue” on Fri­day to sig­nal that its mem­ber gov­ern­ment agen­cies would start con­duct­ing 24/7 op­er­a­tions for Se­vere Trop­i­cal Storm “Odette” (in­ter­na­tional name: Kha­nun).

“Ev­ery­one is strongly en­cour­aged to stay at home,” the NDRRMC said in a state­ment.

As of 5 p.m. on Fri­day, Odette in­ten­si­fied into a se­vere trop­i­cal storm, pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 90 kph near the cen­ter, gusti­ness of up to 113 kph, and mod­er­ate to heavy rain­fall within its 400km di­am­e­ter, in­clud­ing Zam­bales and Bataan provinces.

Trop­i­cal cy­clone warn­ing sig­nal No. 1 has been raised over Ilo­cos Norte, Ilo­cos Sur, La Union, Pan­gasi­nan, Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Is­lands.

The eye of the storm was last lo­cated at 205 km west of Si­nait, Ilo­cos Sur, and was head­ing to­ward the West Philip­pine Sea at press time.

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