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Tropical storm 'Ofel' now in Siargao Island, Signal #2 up in Visayas and Mindanao!

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 1:30 p.m., 24 October 2012

Tropical storm "Ofel" is now in the vicinity of Siargao Island and has accelerated while moving towards Southern Leyte, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said today. More details after the jump.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, Pagasa said Ofel has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is moving west northwest at 19 kph.

Public storm signal #2 is raised in Bohol, Cebu including Camotes Island,and Leyte Provinces, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Northern part of Agusan Del Sur and Camiguin Island.

Public storm signal #1 is raised in Masbate, Romblon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, Capiz, Antique, Aklan including Boracay Island, Iloilo, Guimaras Island, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor Island, Misamis Oriental, rest of Agusan Del Sur and northern part of Bukidnon.

Pagasa warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal (PSWS) #2 and #1 against possible flashfloods and landslides likewise those living in coastal areas under signal #2 are alerted of possible storm surges.

It also said estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 20 mm per hour (moderate - intense) within the 500 km diameter of the tropical storm.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern Seaboard of Southern Luzon, seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao due to the combined effect of theTropical Storm “Ofel” and the Northeast Monsoon.(PIA Newsdesk)

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