The tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has now intensified into a Tropical Storm with an international name “RAI” with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center, gustiness up to 80 km/h and moving west northwestward at 20 km/h. As shown, the size of RAI is much larger than the whole of Mindanao.

Preparations by local disaster and risk reductuion management teams are already underway.

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Below is PAGASA’s forecast track of RAI which will be named “ODETTE” once it enters PAR.

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Below is the forecast location.

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