Odette maintains strength, to leave PH Saturday morning

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — Severe tropical storm Odette has maintained its strength as it crosses the West Philippine Sea, the national weather bureau said Friday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 11 p.m. advisory said as of 10 p.m., Odette was last spotted 260 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

The severe tropical storm is expected to leave Philippine territory by Saturday morning. PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains will affect areas within 400 km of Odette.

Odette is travelling west northwest at a slightly slower speed of 12 kph from 15 kph. It packs maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gusts of up to 113 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 is still raised over Ilococs Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.

PAGASA warns sea travel over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the western seaboard of Central Luzon, and the western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon remains risky.

Metro Manila, Central Luzon, the Calabarzon region and provinces of Mindoro will also experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains, PAGASA said.