Breaking news: Typhoon Odette makes landfall in Siargao Island,Philippines


Typhoon Odette (Rai) made landfall in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, bringing torrential rain and very destructive winds.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said past 2:30 pm on Thursday that Odette strengthened again right before hitting land.

The typhoon’s maximum sustained winds are now at 195 kilometers per hour from the previous 185 km/h. Its gustiness also increased to 240 km/h from 230 km/h.

Odette accelerated a bit, moving west northwest at 30 km/h from the previous 25 km/h.

From Siargao Island, the typhoon will continue heading west northwest or west toward Dinagat Islands, where it could make its second landfall on Thursday afternoon.

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