More areas under signal 2 due to 'Ofel'

Posted at 10/24/2012 5:54 PM | Updated as of 10/24/2012 7:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – More areas across the country, including Luzon provinces, are under public storm warning signals as tropical storm “Ofel” crossed over Leyte province, weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday afternoon.

The following areas are under signal number 2:

  • Masbate
  • Romblon
  • Eastern Samar
  • Western Samar
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Biliran Island
  • Camotes Island
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • Boracay Island
  • Northern Cebu
  • Bantayan Island
  • Northern Negros
  • Dinagat Island

Storm signal number 1, meanwhile, is hoisted over the following areas:

  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias Island
  • Southern Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Calamian Group of Island
  • Batangas
  • Lubang Island
  • Coron Island
  • Cuyo Island
  • Northern Samar
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Southern Negros
  • Cebu
  • Bohol
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Siargao Island

In a press briefing, PAGASA said stormy weather is expected over Visayas and southern Luzon until Thursday.

The storm is seen to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either by Friday evening or early Saturday.

PAGASA said an improvement in the weather is expected by Saturday.

Ofel was packing winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It was expected to move towards the Romblon-Mindoro area at a speed of 22 kph.

PAGASA weather forecasters also said there is a possibility that a storm warning signal will be raised in Metro Manila and nearby provinces by Thursday.