Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Ofel) Afternoon Update October 24, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) as it begins to impact Visayas and Mindanao regions.

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**If you have your own videos or images from the system, please share them to us at philippineweather@yahoo.com

The storm has just moved across Leyte Island and will be nearing Cebu in the next 2 to 3 hours. Widespread rains and strong winds are now being felt across Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao today. Stations are already reporting nearly 80mm of rain in the past 12 hours alone with the potential for 50 to 100mm of more rain falling tonight and into tomorrow. Airline Flights and boat trips have already been cancelled in many parts of the Philippines stranding thousands of passengers. Furthermore, we are now beginning to receive reports of urban flooding in some cities.

Here is the complete list of provinces under Signal Warnings from PAGASA:

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Masbate, Romblon, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran Island, Camotes Island, Capiz, Aklan, Boracay Island, Northern Cebu, Bantayan Island, Northern Negros, and Dinagat Island. Signal #1 for Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Calamian Group of Island, Batangas, Lubang Island, Cuyo Island, Northern Samar, Antique, Iloilo, Southern Negros, Southern Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, and Siargao Island.

Areas under Signal #2 should expect winds of up to 100kph to occur within the next 24 hours. Areas under Signal #1, meanwhile, should expect winds of up to 60kph in the next 48 hours. All provinces in the list should also expect widespread rains over the next two days that could lead to flooding and landslides. Always coordinate with your local officials for any evacuation orders and warnings for your area!

Meanwhile, here is Cebu Radar Image courtesy of PAGASA’s Project NOAH. You can see the widspread rains currently impacting Samar, Leyte, Camotes Islands, Bohol, and Cebu. Eventually those rains will be moving westward so Panay, Negros, rest of Visayas and even Southern Luzon could see rains by tomorrow.

For more radar images and rainfall forecasts for your area, please click HERE (Project NOAH)

TS Son-Tinh will continue moving across the Visayas Islands today and tomorrow. Rains will continue in the area and may even impact Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, by tomorrow. By Friday, Son-Tinh is forecast to exit into the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea and could eventually threaten Vietnam as we move into the weekend.

Always coordinate with your local officials for any evacuation orders or other warnings in your area. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

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