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At 5:00 am today (October 24, 2012), the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued the latest weather bulletin regarding the status of Tropical Storm OFEL.
PAGASA estimates the location of the center of "Bagyong" OFEL at 90 km East of Tandag, Surigao del Sur
Tropical Storm OFEL has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
As you can see in the image above, OFEL will move west northwest at 15 kph.
OFEL is estimated to reach 60 km Northwest of Maasin, Southern Leyte on Thursday morning.
Leyte is a neighbor province of Cebu. Leyte is located at right side of Cebu.
So, we would expect OFEL to make landfall in Cebu also on Thursday, maybe on the morning depending on the storm's speed.
Cebu citizens, we must be prepared.
Storm OFEL will move to 90 km Northwest of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on Friday morning and 460 km West of Iba, Zambales on Saturday morning.
PAGASA issued a public storm warning signal at the following areas:
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal (PSWS) #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Residents in coastal areas under signal # 2 are alerted of possible storm surges.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 - 20 mm per hour (moderate - intense) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
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 combined effect of the Tropical Storm "OFEL"and the Northeast Monsoon.
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