'Ofel' on its way out of PAR; storm signals lifted

Posted at 10/26/12 7:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – All public storm warning signals have been lifted as tropical storm "Ofel" continues to move away from the country, the state weather bureau said.

In its Friday 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Ofel was already 320 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales, and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility today.

Ofel was still packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 90 kph. It was moving west-northwest at 22 kph.

PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon said rains are still expected, especially over the eastern side of the Philippines as the storm remains inside PAR.

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are still advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon (amihan).

"Sa Metro Manila at halos malaking bahagi ng Luzon ay may makakapal na ulap na dulot ng outer rain bands ng bagyo. Pero dahil sa pagkilos ni Ofel ay inaasahan natin na magbabago na ang ating panahon, at ang pag-ulan ay hindi na kasing lakas ng kahapon at buong magdamag," de Leon told dzMM.

De Leon said the country should experience clear skies over the weekend when some are expected to troop to the provinces for the semestral break.

He added that so far, no cloud formation that has a potential of becoming a weather disturbance was seen near PAR.