Tropical Depression Ofel accelerates and crosses the southern portion of Sorsogon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) severe weather bulletin.
At 7:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression “OFEL” was estimated based on all available data at 30 km Southwest of Juban, Sorsogon, or 30 km Northeast of Masbate City, Masbate (12.6 °N, 123.8 °E ).
Ofel is moving West Northwestward at 25 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
The center of Tropical Depression “OFEL” made its second landfall in the vicinity of Matnog, Sorsogon, at 6:00 AM today. Its first landfall is at Can-avid, Eastern Samar (2:30 AM, 14 October).
Ofel will move west-northwestward over the inland seas of Southern Luzon and may pass close or over Masbate, Romblon, and Mindoro Provinces. It is likely to emerge over the West Philippine Sea tomorrow morning and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning or afternoon.
Ofel is forecast to remain a tropical depression while crossing the Southern Luzon area. However, this weather disturbance is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm after emerging over the West Philippine Sea.
The tropical depression will bring moderate to heavy with intense rains over Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Marinduque, Romblon, and Mindoro Provinces today and tomorrow.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will also be experienced over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran due to “OFEL” and over most of Mindanao due to Southwest Monsoon.
Flooding (including flash floods) 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.
Strong- to near gale-force winds will be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 during the passage of the tropical depression. Details of potential wind damage can be found on the TCWS section of this bulletin.
Ofel Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no.1
- Batangas,the southern portion of Laguna (Luisiana,Majayjay,Liliw,Nagcarlan,Rizal,San Pablo City,Calauan,Alaminos,Los BaÃ±os,Bay,Magdalena)
- and southern portions of Quezon (Guinayangan,Tagkawayan,Buenavista,San Narciso,San Andres,Mulanay,San Francisco,Catanauan,Lopez,Calauag,Quezon,Alabat,Perez,Atimonan,Tayabas City,Mauban,Sampaloc,Lucban,Gumaca,General Luna,Macalelon,Pitogo,Unisan,Plaridel,Padre Burgos,Agdangan,Pagbilao,Lucena City,Sariaya,Candelaria,Dolores,Tiaong,San Antonio)
- and Burias Islands)
- Northern Samar
- Eastern Samar
- and Biliran