TYPHOON UPDATE: Odette now a typhoon; to landfall in Caraga or Eastern Visayas on Thursday

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised its weather alert to Signal No. 2 as weather distrubance Odette (Rai) strengthened from a severe tropical storm into a typhoon at 8 am on Wednesday, December 15.

‘Odette’ to bring heavy rains over Surigao provinces

PAGASA said in its 11 am bulletin on Wednesday that Odette’s maximum sustained winds increased to 120 kilometers per hour from 110 km/h, while its gustiness is now up to 150 km/h from 135 km/h.

Odette was expected to intensify further before making landfall in Caraga or Eastern Visayas on Thursday afternoon or evening, December 16. Its projected peak intensity is 155 km/h.

Odette was last spotted 590 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur,

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