Potential Signal 4 Typhoon Threatens Philippines, Here’s How to Prepare

The low pressure area east of the country has intensified into a tropical depression that could pack Signal No. 4 winds, PAGASA said, as it advised the public to stay updated with the storm’s track.

The tropical depression, which will be named Odette once it enters PAR, was spotted 2,095 kilometers east of Mindanao at 10 a.m. on Sunday. It packs maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts up to 55 kph.

Due to the tropical cyclone’s track and intensity forecast, PAGASA said it is likely that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals will be raised over provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, with the highest possible wind signal at Signal No. 4, meaning 171-220 kph winds.

The tropical cyclone is forecast to move west northwest over the next three days and may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday. By Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, it will begin to move westward and may make landfall over the Eastern Visayas and Caraga region.

“Considering these developments, the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to continue monitoring for updates related to this tropical cyclone,” PAGASA said.

Cebuanos told to prepare for TD Odette

Forecast Track
Forecast Track

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — It’s going to be a rainy week in Cebu as Tropical Depression Odette nears the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

In its 11 a.m. advisory on Sunday, December 12, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Odette was located 2,095 kilometers east of Mindanao and was carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 55 km/h.

Odette is projected to enter PAR on Tuesday, December 14, and may reach typhoon category by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas is projected to experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains by then.

“Current track and intensity forecast shows that there is a moderate to high likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal will be hoisted for the provinces of Visayas and Mindanao. The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted for this tropical cyclone is TCWS #4,” Pagasa said in its Tropical Cyclone Advisory No. 1.

In Lapu-Lapu City, CDRRMO personnel started at dawn on Sunday the transfer of boxes of relief goods  to the island barangays of Caohagan, Caubian and Pangan-an.

“Pag pangamdam kini sa oma.abot nga Bagyong Odette nga gipaabot nga maka-apiktar sa kabisaya.an karong Meyerkules ug Huwebes,” says CDRRMO Chief Nagiel Bañacia.

(This is in preparation for the coming storm Odette that is expected to affect the Visayas this Wednesday and Thursday.)

“Gi-awhag sad nato ang mga lumolupyo sa maong mga island ug sa Olango Island sa pag andam ng daan panalipod sa umaabot nga katalagman,” he added.

(We also warn residents of the island and Olango Island to prepare and take precautions for the coming storm.)

In Cebu City, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) already asked city residents to make the necessary preparations since “we are expected to have moderate to intense heavy rains accompanied with strong winds and possible wind waves/storm surge.”

“The public living in coastal areas are warned against big waves that may hit our coast line. Listen to your barangay officials if pre-emptive evacuation (is) implemented. The public living in mountainous areas are warned against landslides and the public living in low lying areas are warned against severe flooding,” read the CDRRMO advisory released at noontime on Sunday.

Cebuanos are advised to have their emergency survival kits.

“Your city government is ready to respond to any emergency during the bagyo. The goal is ZERO CASUALTIES!”