#OdettePH now severe tropical storm, slows down on way out of PH

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Story updated to include PAGASA's 11 a.m. advisory.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — "Odette" has intensified into a severe tropical storm and is expected to bring rain over some parts of Luzon, the national weather bureau said Friday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 5 p.m. advisory said Odette now packs maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gusts of up to 113 kph.

It earlier logged winds of 75 kph and gusts of up to 100 kph at 11 a.m. Friday.

It was last spotted 205 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur at 4 p.m.

The storm has slowed down, moving west-northwest at 15 kph, formerly 24 kph. It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday, heading for China and Vietnam.

Cyclone warning signal no. 2 has been lifted, while signal no. 1 is raised over Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Pangasinan.

PAGASA said although the storm strengthened, fewer areas will be affected as Odette leaves PAR.

"Unti-unting lumalayo sa kalupaan ang bagyo kaya wala na pong lugar na nasa ilalim ng tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2 (The storm is slowly making its way out of the Philippines so there is no more area under tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2)," PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said.

PAGASA still estimates moderate to heavy rainfall within the 400-kilometer diameter of Odette, particularly the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.

It warned sea travel over the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon will be risky.

Earlier, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Nikos Peñaranda told CNN Philippines "New Day" that the rains could isolate some rural communities in northern Luzon.

"Ang concern natin is itong mga ulan na dala niya, especially dahil yung areas na 'yan ay mountainous," he said. "Mataas ang tsansa ng flash floods and landslides dun sa areas na 'yan, which is the high-risk factor po ng Northern Luzon."

[Translation: Our concern is that the rain that Odette brings, especially since those areas are mountainous. There is a high chance of flash floods and landslides in those areas, which is the high-risk factor in northern Luzon.]

Peñaranda said PAGASA is monitoring another low-pressure area that could enter the country next week as a tropical storm.

"Malayo pa naman po ito, although ang implication po 'pag malayo po yung low-pressure area ay marami itong pagkakataong mabuo, mag-develop," he said. "So paghandaan din po natin 'yan. Pero of course, at this point, possibility pa lang po 'yan."

[Translation: It is still far away, although the implication when the low-pressure area is far away is that it has a lot of time to form and develop. So we are also preparing for that. But of course, at this point, that is still just a possibility.]

Cagayan has suspended classes from preschool to senior high school on Friday due to the tropical storm.

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Meanwhile, Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Bonifacio Cuarteros told CNN Philippines "New Day" the weather in the southern part of the province was improving.

"But in the northern part of the province ay makulimlim pa rin yung kalangitan at may mga area pa na may mga pag-ulan," he said.

[Translation: But in the northern part of the province, the skies are still overcast and there are still areas experiencing rains.]

Cuarteros also said there were only temporary power outages in the province on Thursday night and that they are checking areas affected by the storm.