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Typhoon Odette (Usagi) is now a supertyphoon; brings gusty winds with rough seas
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
September 20, 2013 (Philippine Time)- Typhoon “Odette” (international name: Usagi) has reached supertyphoon level as it gained strength and continues to threaten the northern part of the Philippines.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Department of Defense has classified Tropical Cyclone "Odette" as a super typhoon.
In its 11:00 a.m. bulletin, the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted Typhoon “Odette” at 350 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour.
It is forecast to move northwest at 19 kilometers per hour.
Public storm warning signal number 4 is now up over Batanes group of islands.
Storm signal number 3 has been raised over the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.
Signal number 2 is now up over Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, and Ifugao are now under storm signal number 1.
“Odette” will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.
PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under all storm signal warnings are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Coastal areas are also alerted for storm surges.
In the province of Bohol, moderate to strong winds are felt by the residents. Moderate to occasionally heavy rains are also experienced in some parts of Bohol.
Fishermen are also warned not to go fishing because of storm tides.
Fastcrafts traveling from Bohol to Dumaguete are cancelled due to strong waves.