TROPICAL DEPRESSION Odette, the 15th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, maintained its strength as it was forecasted to make landfall over Cagayan province Thursday evening. Moderate to heavy rains were expected within the 350-kilometer diameter of the tropical depression. As of yesterday’s 5 p.m. bulletin of weather bureau PAGASA, storm signal no. 1 was up in Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan group of Islands, Isabela, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. Sea travel at the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon was also considered risky. Typhoon Odette is expected to remain within the Philippine area on Friday, and exit by Saturday.