Tropical Depression OFEL Updates

Tropical Depression OFEL Updates / Typhoon OFEL news -- Tropical depression OFEL has been doing some serious sweeps in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, in fact it has grown into a storm and made a landfall on Siargao yesterday (Wed). This prompted the country's weather bureau to raise storm signals for the affected areas.

Updates (10/25/2012 4:55 pm):
As of the latest from dzmm radio, storm OFEL intensified further, thereby putting Metro Manila still on storm signal no.1 while other regions that are directly within the path of the typhoon are on signal no.2

Areas or Regions on Signal No.1
  • Metro Manila
  • Bataan
  • Southern Quezon
  • Burias Island
  • Masbate
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Iloilo
  • Calamian Group of Islands
Areas or Regions on Signal No.2
  • Batangas
  • Lubang Island
  • Marinduque
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon

OFEL is expected to arrive at Roxas City in Capiz this morning and by the next day, that is Friday, it will be within the 180 km west of Nasugbu, Batangas. Its effects will be felt in Metro Manila. Rains will be pouring down into the Metro on Thursday but hopefully, it will be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday morning.

Storm OFEL already shut down schools and water-based transportation services in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central and Western Visayas. Flights between some cities in Visayas and Mindanao and Metro Manila were also cancelled due to the threats of OFEL. Thousands of travelers were left with no option but to wait for further developments on the situation.

A lot of vessels were also grounded at ports in:
  • Southern Leyte
  • Cebu
  • Bohol
  • Dumaguete
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Surigao and;
  • Butuan
This made more than 4,500 travelers in the country, stranded. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Jori Loiz said, his office will observe the behavior of OFEL in terms of changes in direction. As of late, the storm was seen negotiating with the West Philippine Sea.

Here's the latest satellite photo of the activities or movements of storm OFEL.
Click to enlarge / http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
Stay tuned for PAGASA storm signal and forecast update for Metro Manila.

Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

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