TS 'Ofel' accelerates; 7 areas in Luzon remain under signal No. 1

October 25, 2012 10:35 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 25 — At least seven areas in Luzon have remained under public storm warning signal as tropical storm "Ofel" accelerated while maintaining its strength and continuing to move towards the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that as of 4 p.m. Thursday, TS Ofel was located at 40 km west of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro (14.2°N, 119.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 24 kph.

The weather agency said the areas still under public storm warning signal No. 1 are Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Cavite, Batangas, Northern part of Mindoro and Lubang Island. These areas are expected to experience 30 to 60 kph hour winds within the next 36 hours.

PAGASA said that public storm warning signals elsewhere had been lifted.

The estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 20 millimeters per hour (moderate to intense) within the 400-km diameter of the tropical storm.

Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

The weather agency said that fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon due to the combined effect of TS Ofel and the surge of the northeast monsoon.

With its present speed and direction, weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the tropical storm may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday afternoon or evening or Saturday and will be heading toward Vietnam.

Loiz added that Ofel has high chance to intensify into a typhoon once it emerges over the West Philippine sea. (PNA)

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