Surf capital Siargao braces for Odette landfall

Dec 16, 2021
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ONE of the country’s top surfing destinations is already experiencing the ferocity of the storm as typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) is projected to make landfall in its vicinity later this afternoon.

More than twelve thousand families have already been evacuated in regions projected to lie in the path of Odette, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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Meanwhile, 11,000 residents have already evacuated Surigao City, capital of the province where Siargao island is located.

“Siargao” and “Surigao del Norte” are also trending on Twitter Philippines as news organizations and concerned netizens tweet about the news.

PAGASA expects that the typhoon will reach peak wind speeds of 155 to 165 kilometers per hour before landfall.

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Videos posted on Twitter show strong winds and rains already lashing the surf capital.

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A day ago, Siargao-based surf photographer Oli Bayer took a shot of a ferocious wave and uploaded it on Instagram. “Looks like it’s getting stormy the next days. Stay safe everyone!” he wrote.

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Surfista Travels, founded by pro surfer Elaine Abonal, reposted a message from community magazine Be Siargao.

On its Instagram stories, Harana Surf Resort posted a list of evacuation centers for the barangays in the municipality.

Instagram stories on Odette.

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Many of the town’s pro surfers took to the waves last weekend in the Surf in the City competition in Borongan, Eastern Samar — the first national pro competition to be held since the pandemic began. These include Philmar Alipayo, Gabriel Lerog, Jaji Arbona, Remar Magaluna, and Eduardo Alciso Dizon, who wrote on his IG stories: “Take care fam and everyone in Siargao.”

Instagram stories on Odette.

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Nildie Blancada, who repped the Philippines in the ISA World Surfing Championships in El Salvador last June, reposted a message on her Instagram Stories from Marie Heidi Ganaden of Lubihan Resort.

Instagram stories on Odette.

“To all Siargaonons (locals, dato, tourists, etc.) we are all preparing for ourselves but by tonight or tomorrow morning, if you see stray dogs or cats, please offer them dry shelter, food and water,” the message wrote.

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ABS-CBN reports that in Barangay Burgos in Siargao Island, almost 69 percent of residents have already evacuated.

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