Super Typhoon USAGI / Odette hitting Batanes tonight

Super Typhoon USAGI / Odette 2013-09-20

Typhoon USAGI / Odette  as an extremely dangerous Category 5 Super Typhoon endangers extreme Northern Luzon and Southern Taiwan particularly the Batanes Islands. Outer rainbands now spreading across all Northern Luzon.

PAGASA has now declared Storm Signal #4 over the Batanes Islands. Storm Signal #4 means:

  • Coconut plantation may suffer extensive damage 
  • Many large trees maybe uprooted 
  • Rice and corn plantation may suffer severe losses 
  • Most residential and institutional buildings of mixed construction material maybe severely damaged 
  • Electrical power distribution and communication services maybe severely disrupted 
  • In the overall, damage to affected communities can be very heavy 
  • The situation is potentially very destructive to communities 
  • All travel and outdoor activities should be cancelled 
  • Evacuation to much safer shelters should have been completed earlier since it maybe too late under this situation 

The picture of the typhoon is terrifying

Super Typhoon USAGI / Odette 2013-09-20

.The forecast track shows that the typhoon will reach the Batanes Islands tomorrow morning.

Super Typhoon USAGI / Odette 2013-09-20

PAGASA has declared Storm Signal #4 in:

  • Batanes Group of Islands

PAGASA Storm Signal #3 in:

  • Calayan Islands
  • Babuyan Group of Islands.

PAGASA Storm Signal #2 in:

  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte

PAGASA Storm Signal #1 in:

  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Isabela
  • Northern Aurora
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
Luzon Dam Status:
3 dams have spill gates open: Ambuklao, Binga, Magat.
All dams have more than 1 meter overflow margin.

Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): USAGI / Odette
Class: Super Typhoon Category 5
Time/Date of observation: 05:00 p.m. on September 20, 2013
Location of Center: 19.8º North 124.1º East
Moving Direction and Speed: WNW at 15 km/h
Moving towards: Batanes Islands / Taiwan
Distance from the Philippines: 220 km East of Basco, Batanes
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: Batanes Islands Saturday 08:00 a.m.
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 245 km/h
Peak Wind Gusts: 295 km/h
Minimum Central Pressure: 910 hPa 
Diameter: 1010 km (very large)
24h Rainfall near Center: 500 mm
Max. Wave Height: 14 m
Here you find how to read and understand this data Link

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