'Pablo' moves away, all storm signals lifted

Posted at 12/06/12 12:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – All public storm warning signals have been lifted as tropical storm "Pablo" continued to move away from the country, weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Pablo was already 380 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan.

Pablo maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 115 kph near the center and gusts of up to 145 kph.

The storm, however, slowed down and was moving west northwest at 7 kph.

With this development, PAGASA expects Pablo to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday morning.

Pablo, which slammed Davao Oriental on Tuesday and then hovered over northern Mindanao, has already left 325 dead.

Most of the fatalities came from New Bataan in Compostela Valley where scores were buried after portions of mountains collapsed at the height of strong rains.

Meanwhile, fishing boats and other sea vessels are still warned against venturing out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of southern Luzon.