All storm signals lifted as ‘Ofel’ exits PH

Posted on October 26, 2012


MANILA—The state weather bureau on Friday lifted all storm signals across the country as Tropical Storm “Ofel” made its exit via the West Philippine Sea.

Ofel slightly gained strength as it continued moving out of the Philippine area of responsibility, packing winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 100 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

It was forecast to move west northwest at 22 kph, and its eye was expected to be at 630 km west of Iba, Zambales by Friday night, outside the country’s territory.

But Ofel was still seen to bring moderate to intense rains within its 400-km diameter, at 5-20 millimeters per hour, Pagasa said.

In its midday advisory Friday, the weather bureau retained its warning for fishermen on small vessels not to venture out into the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon due to the combined effects of Ofel and the surge of the northeast monsoon.

Pagasa also issued a gale warning Friday morning, indicating big waves of 3.4 to 5 meters high in the Northern Luzon seaboard, and 3.4 to 4 meters in the Central Luzon seaboard. /INQUIRER


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