Tropical Depression “Ofel” maintains strength, makes third landfall over Masbate

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, that Tropical Depression “Ofel” has maintain its strength as she made landfall for the third time over the Masbate’s Burias Island.

In its 2 p.m. weather bulletin, Pagasa stated “Ofel” first made landfall over Can-avid, Eastern Samar at 2:30 a.m. of Wednesday, then over Matnog, Sorsogon at 6 a.m. of the same day.

Based on Pagasa’s latest data, Ofel was last spotted at 105 kilometers west of Juban, Sorsogon.

The tropical depression is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

Ofel was also monitored moving west at 10 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

Batangas, The southern portion of Laguna (Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Rizal, San Pablo City, Calauan, Alaminos, Los Baños, Bay, Magdalena).

The central and southern portions of Quezon (Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Buenavista, San Narciso, San Andres, Mulanay, San Francisco, Catanauan, Lopez, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, Atimonan, Tayabas City, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Gumaca, General Luna, Macalelon, Pitogo, Unisan, Plaridel, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Pagbilao, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio)

Calamian Islands,

Occidental Mindoro

Oriental Mindoro



Camarines Norte

Camarines Sur




Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands) 

The weather disturbance is expected to bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Bicol Region, Cavite Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon province,  Aurora, Marinduque, Romblon, and Mindoro provinces from Wednesday to Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Ofel is also to bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the rest of Central Luzon.

“Ofel” is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either Friday morning or Friday afternoon.

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