Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Ofel) Afternoon Update October 25, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) and also a brief update on Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Basin.

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Tropical Storm Son-Tinh is now moving away from the Philippines but is still bringing widespread rains across Western Visayas and Central and Southern Luzon.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA have dropped Signal #2 and #1 for many areas. However, there are still some provinces under Public Storm Warning Signal #1; these are: Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Cavite, Batangas, Northern part of Mindoro, and Lubang Island. Areas still under the signal warning may continue to expect winds of up to 60kph. Sea travel is also prohibited so please check with the port officials or ferry company for any delays or cancellations.

Subic Radar from PAGASA’s Project NOAH

For now, widespread rains will continue across Western Visayas and Central and Southern Luzon including Metro Manila. Son-Tinh moved across Visayas yesterday bringing rainfall amounts of up to 150mm in many areas. Today, we are seeing similar amounts being reported in the provinces across Mindoro, Batangas, and Cavite. Some of these rainshowers can bring as much as 30 to even 50mm of rain in just one hour so please be wary of flashfloods and landslides. We are expecting another 50 to even 100mm to fall tonight and into tomorrow. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecast for your area, please visit PAGASA’s Project NOAH website by clicking HERE

Many areas have received as much as 150mm of rain in the past 24 hours resulting in widespread floods and even landslides. The storm has also wreaked havoc in the travel plans of many Filipinos as thousands are currently stranded in seaports and airports. This upcoming weekend is a significant time for the country due to the All Saints Day on November 1. Thankfully, we expect weather conditions in the country to start getting better by Saturday.

TS Son-Tinh is now forecast to continue moving across the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea. The system will likely intensify further and has a small chance of becoming a typhoon-as is being forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Typhoon or not, Son-Tinh will likely threaten parts of Vietnam by Sunday with strong winds and widespread rains.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Hurricane Sandy is currently impacting Eastern Cuba after moving across Jamaica earlier today. The system is a Category 2 Hurricane and will move across the Bahamas by tomorrow. Sandy is being closely watched in the United States due to the potential of major impacts especially in the Northeast Regions by Sunday and Monday. For more information on this Hurricane, please visit our affiliate 28storms.com

If you have any storm reports, feel free to email us at philippineweather@yahoo.com or at robertspeta@westernpacific.com. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

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