At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm “OFEL” was estimated based on satellite and surface data over Sibuyan Island, Romblon(12.4°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph.
Batangas, Lubang Island, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Masbate including Ticao Island, Panay Island, Guimaras and the Northern part of Negros Occidental will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, the rest of Calabarzon, the rest of Bicol Region, Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Burias Island and the southern part of Quezon Province, Eastern Visayas, Cebu, Camotes Island and the rest of Negros Provinces will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. The rest of the country will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rainshowers or thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and from the southeast to south over the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Public storm warning signal elsewhere is now lowered.
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal (PSWS) #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides likewise those living in coastal areas under signal #2 are alerted of possible storm surges.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 25 mm per hour (moderate – intense) within the 350 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon due to the combined effect of Tropical Storm “Ofel” and the surge of Northeast Monsoon.
The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.
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