Bagyong Ofel Update October 23, 2012

Bagyong Ofel changed its course and is now moving West Northwest in the general direction of Surigao Del Norte, state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Tuesday, October 23.

At 5:00 p.m. today, PAGASA said the center of Tropical Depression Ofel was spotted about 220 kilometers East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.

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Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds) is up over Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Bohol, Camotes Island, Dinagat, Surigao provinces, Agusan provinces, Camiguin Island, and Misamis Oriental.

PAGASA warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal no. 1 against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within the 400-km diameter of Ofel.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to the tropical depression and northeast monsoon, PAGASA added.

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