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Odette intensifies into a typhoon as it moves near Northern Luzon

Satellite image of Typhoon Odette (international codename: Usagi) as of 1:32 a.m. September 19, 2013. DOST-PAGASA
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MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm Odette (international codename: Usagi) intensified into a typhoon and continues to move near Northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said late Wednesday.

As of 10 p.m., the center of Odette was located at 700 km east of Tuguegarao City (17.5°N, 129.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

PAGASA hoisted Public Storm Signal No. 1 over Isabela, Cagayan, and the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, where winds of 45-60 kph will be experienced.

Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon affecting Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the provinces of Zambales, Bataan and Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

PAGASA said the estimated amount of rainfall is from 15 - 20 mm per hour (heavy-intense) within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon. 

Sea travel will be risky over the seaboards of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan and over the eastern seaboard of Luzon and of Visayas due to the surge of southwest monsoon, the weather bureau added. 

PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon enhanced by Odette may affect the said seaboards.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. 

Odette is forecast to be 440 km east of Tuguegarao City Thursday evening. By Friday evening, the typhoon is expected to be 190 km northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or at 190 km southeast of Basco, Batanes, and on Saturday evening, 120 km northwest of Basco, Batanes or at 100 km south of Taiwan.