‘Ofel’ may be out of PH by Friday—Pagasa

Posted on October 25, 2012


MANILA—Better weather can be expected this weekend with Tropical Storm “Ofel” forecast to be out of the country by Friday, heading toward the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said.

Ofel on Thursday spawned rains in Metro Manila and large parts of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

The nation’s capital was placed under public storm Signal No. 1, indicating rains and winds of 30-60 kilometers per hour. Also covered by the warning were Bataan, Southern Quezon, Masbate, including Burias island, and the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan, in Luzon, and Aklan, Capiz, and Iloilo in Visayas.

Under Signal No. 2 were areas in the Southern Tagalog region, namely, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang island, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro and Romblon. These areas experienced worse weather with Ofel whipping up 61-100 kph winds.

In its midday advisory Thursday, Pagasa said Ofel gained strength and was accelerating as it crossed the southern part of Mindoro Island.

It was now moving towards the West Philippine Sea, it said.

Pagasa forecaster Jori Loiz said the eye of the storm was observed 40 km west of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro as of 10 a.m.

Ofel had increased its wind strength from 65 kph to 75 kph while its gustiness strengthened from 80 kph to 90 kph, he said. The storm is expected to move in a west northwest direction at 22 kph.

Loiz added that based on its current track, Ofel might be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday afternoon or evening and appeared to be heading towards Vietnam. /INQUIRER



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