Rains to con­tinue as Odette ex­its

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - – He­len Flores, Ray­mund Catindig, Vic­tor Martin, Artemio Dum­lao, AFP

Rains will per­sist but res­i­dents of eastern Lu­zon af­fected by Trop­i­cal Storm Odette can ex­pect im­proved weather as the dis­tur­bance started to move away from the coun­try yes­ter­day.

Ald­czar Aure­lio, weather fore­caster at the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA), said Odette was fore­cast to exit the coun­try last night or early to­day.

As of 5 p.m. yes­ter­day, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Is­lands, Ilo­cos Norte, Ilo­cos Sur and Pan­gasi­nan re­mained un­der trop­i­cal cy­clone warn­ing Sig­nal No. 1.

These ar­eas can ex­pect rains and winds of up to 60 kilo­me­ters per hour in the next 36 hours, Aure­lio said.

Cy­clone sig­nals in other parts of Lu­zon were lifted yes­ter­day as Odette moved away from the Philip­pine area of re­spon­si­bil­ity. It is ex­pected to move to China to­day, then Viet­nam.

Odette in­ten­si­fied into a se­vere trop­i­cal storm af­ter mak­ing land­fall in Santa Ana, Ca­gayan early yes­ter­day.

As of 4 p.m. yes­ter­day, the cen­ter of Odette was es­ti­mated at 205 kilo­me­ters west of Si­nait, Ilo­cos Sur, pack­ing winds of 90 kph near the cen­ter and gusti­ness of up to 113 kph.

It is fore­cast to move west­north­west at a speed of 15 kph.

Aure­lio said Odette brought heavy rains and thun­der­storms over South­ern Lu­zon, in­clud­ing Metro Manila.

He said the west­ern sec­tion of North­ern and Cen­tral Lu­zon would still ex­pe­ri­ence moder­ate to oc­ca­sion­ally heavy rains with gusty winds to­day.

Moder­ate to oc­ca­sion­ally heavy rains would pre­vail over Zam­bales and Bataan.

Light to moder­ate rains and thun­der­storms will pre­vail over the rest of Lu­zon, in­clud­ing Metro Manila, the Visayas and Zam­boanga Penin­sula un­til to­day.

Another cy­clone is ex­pected to form by next week, he added.

Pas­sen­gers stranded, classes sus­pended

At least 17 boat pas­sen­gers were stranded in Sta. Ana, Ca­gayan while classes were sus­pended due to Odette.

The Philip­pine Coast Guard North Eastern Lu­zon Dis­trict can­celed the trip of five boats to Ma­cona­con, Is­abela and Calayan Is­land.

In Is­abela, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is­sued a “no sail” or­der in the coastal towns of Ma­cona­con, Divi­la­can, Palanan and Di­napigue. A pro­vin­cial or­di­nance ban­ning the sale and drink­ing of liquor was also im­posed.

Classes in pub­lic and pri­vate schools were sus­pended in Ca­gayan as rec­om­mended by the pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment of­fice.

The Of­fice of Civil De­fense in Ca­gayan Val­ley said the 12-hour rain­fall caused the swelling of the Ca­gayan river and its trib­u­taries, par­tic­u­larly Li­nao river, Lower Abu­lug, lower Pam­plona, Cabi­cun­gan, Aunugay, Baua, Palawig and Taboan rivers.

Roads closed

Road sys­tems in some prov­inces in the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion were also shut down af­ter Odette brought rains yes­ter­day.

The Abra-Kalinga road, par­tic­u­larly along the Ga­cab-Mal­ib­cong sec­tion in Abra, was closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic while the Con­ner-Kabugao road, es­pe­cially the Bad­duat and Lut­tua­can sec­tion, was im­pass­able.

11 In­dian crew miss­ing

Eleven In­dian crew mem­bers were miss­ing af­ter their cargo ship sank off Ca­gayan yes­ter­day, Ja­pan’s coast guard said.

The 33,205-ton Emer­ald Star with 26 In­dian na­tion­als on board sent a dis­tress sig­nal early yes­ter­day as the Hong Kong-reg­is­tered ves­sel was sail­ing some 280 kilo­me­ters east of the north­ern tip of the Philip­pines, said a state­ment from the Ja­panese coast­guard, which re­ceived the dis­tress sig­nal.

MIGUEL DE GUZ­MAN

A stu­dent crosses a flooded street in Manila fol­low­ing a down­pour yes­ter­day.

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