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Odette nears landfall over Northern Luzon

Good evening from the Western Pacific Weather team.

As we prepare to go into the overnight hours, the estimated center (based on Japan Meteorological Agency’s track) of Tropical Depression “Odette” is expected to make landfall sometime after midnight. Being a depression, there is a slight discrepancy as to where the actual center is located (PAGASA leaves the central point off of Luzon proper), and ultimately, the center of the system is not nearly as significant compared to the impacts that the system is already having in the area.

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Tropical Depression Odette forecast track and Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals as of 2 pm Philippine Time, 12 October 2017.

Winds are estimated to be reaching 55 kph with gusts of more than 65 kph. The northern half of Luzon is currently under Signal 1 according to PAGASA. There is still a possibility of intensification into a tropical storm on Friday, but the main threats at this time are persistent rainfall with flash flooding resulting from the system along with sustained winds at tropical depression force.

Conditions will likely improve through the day Saturday, but throughout Thursday night through Friday night, “Odette” will still be in the region.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

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