MANILA, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA has lifted storm warning signals in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon as tropical storm “Ofel” continues to move away from the country.
However, storm signal number 1 remains raised in Zambales and Bataan.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the storm has maintained its strength and is traversing the West Philippine Sea.
It was last spotted 240 kilometers west of Bataan, packing winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.
The storm is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday afternoon.
But PAGASA said rains are still expected in most parts of the country including Metro Manila.
A yellow rainfall warning was issued by the weather bureau in Metro Manila at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
PAGASA said “moderate to heavy rains was observed over Metro Manila for the past 3 hours and most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.”
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), meanwhile, remains on red alert status while Ofel is still inside PAR.