Tropical Depression Ofel continues to move westward over the West Philippine Sea, Pagasa said on its latest severe weather bulletin.
At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression “OFEL” was estimated based on all available data at 275 km West of Tanauan City, Batangas (14.1 °N, 118.5 °E ).
Ofel is moving Westward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Ofel will continue moving westward or west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea today. There is an increasing likelihood that this tropical depression will weaken into a Low Pressure Area within the next 12 to 24 hours over the West Philippine Sea.
Today, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over mainland Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Central Luzon due to “OFEL” and over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands) due to Southwest Monsoon.
Flooding (including flashfloods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings as appropriate.
Ofel will continue to bring light to moderate rain
No tropical wind signal is in effect. However, occasional gusts may still be experienced over Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) due to “OFEL” and the Southwest Monsoon.
Gusty conditions associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow will also be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and the coastal and mountainous areas of Ilocos Norte and mainland Cagayan Valley.
Gale Warning is in effect over the entire seaboard of Northern Luzon and the seaboard of Aurora due to rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 4.5 m) associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow. Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for those using small seacrafts.
Moderate to rough seas (2.1 to 3.5 m) due to Ofel and the Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over the seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands). Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea over these areas.