|PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 7:30 a.m., 24 October 2012
MANILA, Philippines – “Ofel” is now a tropical storm and continues to threaten the CARAGA region and the whole of Visayas, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Wednesday morning.
According to PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez on DZMM, “Ofel” was estimated at 90 kilometers east of Tandag, Surigao del Sur. It was packing maximum sustained wind speed of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.
It is expected to move west-northwest at 15 kph, and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday morning.
“Tatawirin ni ‘Ofel’ ang Kabisayaan at posible nitong maapektuhan ang ilang bahagi ng Luzon, pati na ang Palawan, Mindoro at MIMAROPA,” Perez said.
Public storm warning signal number 2 is hoisted over the following areas:
- Southern Leyte
- Dinagat Island
- Surigao Provinces
- Agusan del Norte
- Northern Agusan del Sur
- Camiguin Island
The following areas, meanwhile, are under public storm warning signal no. 1:
- Samar Provinces
- Biliran Island
- Camotes Island
- Negros Provinces
- Siquijor Island
- Southern Agusan del Sur
- Northern Bukidnon
- Misamis Oriental
Perez warned areas under signal no. 2 to be prepared for stormy weather. Coastal areas should also be prepared for rough to very rough seas.
Areas under signal no. 1 may expect rains with gusty winds, and moderate to rough seas.
All areas should be prepared for possible flooding and landslides.
Meanwhile, Bicol, MIMAROPA and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rain showers or thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rain showers or thunderstorms.
Perez also said that Filipinos may soon expect cooler weather, when the “hanging amihan” or northeast monsoon gains strength.