MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Odette is set to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday. State weather bureau PAGASA reported that it is expected to make landfall in the central Philippines, specifically Eastern Visayas or Caraga region of Mindanao.
Last Sunday, the tropical depression was found almost stationary 2,095 kilometers east of Mindanao. PAGASA declared that it has since advanced into a tropical depression.
Their advisory read as follows, “Due to favorable environmental conditions, the tropical cyclone will likely continue to intensify and may reach typhoon category by Tuesday evening or Wednesday early morning.” PAGASA also stated that there is a high chance that the storm signal can reach Signal No. 4 over provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
The weather bureau cautioned that the tropical depression might additionally escalate into hurricane class by Tuesday evening or Wednesday early morning.
PAGASA also called local disaster risk reduction and management offices to continue monitoring the storm and to guide locals accordingly.