Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to Tropical Depression “OFEL” and the 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 11 PM tonight.
At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Depression “OFEL” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 220 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (8.9°N, 128.6°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.
Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bohol, Camotes island and the regions of Eastern Visayas and CARAGA will experience rains with gusty winds. Bicol and MIMAROPA and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rainshowers or thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the north to northwest over Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.