PAGASA Weather Bagyong Ofel Update: Storm Signal 1 in 11 areas, Storm Signal 2 in 6 areasBy Angel Cuala on Oct 25, 2012 in Asia, Weather •
Updated: October 26, 2012 12:25 a.m.
Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released its latest weather update as of 11 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 noting that Bagyong Ofel (Tropical Storm Ofel) has crossed the southern part of Mindoro Island.
PAGASA Bagyong Ofel satellite image (as of
2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012)
Image Credit: Pagasa.Dost.gov.ph
As announced by PAGASA on its official Twitter account, Tropical Storm Ofel is currently moving towards the West Philippine Sea, and its center was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 40 km West of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, as of 10 a.m. this Tuesday morning.
According to PAGASA, Bagyong Ofel has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, and is forecast to move West Northwest at 22 kph. It is being expected to be at 510 km West of Metro Manila by tomorrow morning (October 26).
Meanwhile, the areas under Public Storm Signal 2 include Batangas, Lubang Island, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon. The list of areas has been reduced since its earlier weather update this Thursday, 5 a.m.
On the other hand, among those areas under Public Storm Signal 1 are Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Calamian Group of Islands, Bataan, Southern Quezon, Burias Island, Masbate, and Metro Manila. PAGASA (@dost_pagasa) later tweeted, “Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 including Cavite and Laguna.”
“11:54AM moderate to heavy rains in Cangara, Leyte and nearby areas which may persist 1-2 hours.” PAGASA tweeted, adding later that the same event is also happening in Tuburan and Astorias and nearby areas, as well as in Zambales.
Nevertheless, PAGASA is still reminding residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under Storm Signal No 1 and 2 to be aware of the flashfloods and landslides, and possible storm surges in areas under Storm Signal No. 2.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are strongly advised not to travel into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon due to the combined effect of Bagyong Ofel and the Northeast Monsoon.
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