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PAGASA Weather Update: Bagyong Ofel crosses West Philippine Sea, Storm Signal 1 remains in 2 areas

By on Oct 26, 2012 in Asia, Weather Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released its latest weather forecast update as of 11 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012, noting that Bagyong Ofel is now crossing the West Philippine Sea, away from the country.

PAGASA Bagyong Ofel satellite image

PAGASA Bagyong Ofel satellite image (as of
10:30 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012)

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As announced by PAGASA on its official website on Thursday night, Tropical Storm Ofel has maintained its strength. Its center is 240 km West of Bataan, as of 10 p.m. and has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, and moving Northwest at 24 kph.

Bagyong Ofel is being forecast to be 690 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on Friday evening (October 26). Public Storm Signal No. 1 is raised in Zambales and Bataan, while Public storm warning signal elsewhere in the country has been lowered.

However, PAGASA is still reminding all residents living in low lying and mountainous areas to be aware of possible flashfloods and landslides. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to sail into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon due to the surge of Northeast Monsoon.

“10:21PM: Mod to heavy rains over Masbate, Leyte, Cebu, while light to mod rains over Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental w/c may persist for 3hr.” PAGASA (@dost_pagasa) tweeted, adding later that there will be moderate to heavy rains and at times intense in Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija.

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