Usagi (Bagyong Odette) has rapidly intensified overnight and is now a Category 2 Typhoon. The center of the storm was last located approximately 580km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or about 820km east northeast of Manila. According to JMA’s latest update, Usagi is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140kph with gusts that could reach up to 195kph. Typhoon Usagi is currently moving westward at 10kph.
As of 5am this morning PAGASA, has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, Isabela, Cagayan, and Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands in anticipation of the approaching Typhoon. Stormy conditions are expected to begin affecting the said areas in the next 24 to 36 hours; high waves should also begin to affect the region today due to the massive circulation of Typhoon Usagi.
VIS Image from NOAA
Latest Visible Satellite image shows an eye beginning to form surrounded by deep and strong convection. Radial outflow is excellent as well aided by the favorable upper-level environment in the region. Outer-bands are also beginning to move closer to Luzon and we could see scattered showers impact the Bicol Region later today. By tomorrow, more chances of rain are possible across Eastern Luzon.
Latest forecast from computer models and weather agencies in the region show Usagi (Odette) tracking between the islands of Luzon and Taiwan by Saturday. Due to the continued westward movement this morning, Usagi could move closer to Luzon than what we were forecasting earlier. While landfall is still not in the forecast, expect stormy conditions to be felt across Northern Luzon especially in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. Furthermore, Babuyan and nearby islands will feel the full brunt of Usagi beginning on Friday evening and lasting through Saturday. Even Southern Taiwan should expect stormy conditions around this time frame.
We’ll continue to have updates throughout the day including articles from our Meteorologist Robert Speta. If you live in Northern Luzon and Southern Taiwan, please continue to monitor the developments of Usagi. If you can, start preparing now especially if you live in storm prone areas.