Typhoon Odette leaves PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — Typhoon Odette has left the Philippine territory after making nine destructive landfalls in the country.

In its advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday.

However, Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over the Kalayaan Islands, according to PAGASA's 11 p.m. bulletin. Storm warnings elsewhere have already been lifted.

Odette continues to intensify as it moves away from the country with maximum winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 230 kph while moving westward. It was last spotted 180 kilometers northwest of Pag-asa Island in Kalayaan, Palawan.

Heavy rainfall is expected over the Kalayaan Islands until Sunday noon, according to the state weather bureau.

Latest government data shows four were killed and over 338,000 individuals were evacuated after the typhoon’s wrath.

Bohol, one of the areas that heavily felt the onslaught of the typhoon, was placed under a state of calamity.

Odette made seven landfalls on Dec. 16 in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte; Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; Liloan and Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte; and Pres Carlos P. Garcia and Bien Unido in Bohol.

On Dec. 17, it made landfall in La Libertad, Negros Oriental and in Roxas, Palawan.