Tropical Depression Ofel left the landmass of Luzon before dawn on Thursday, October 15, exiting through the province of Batangas where it made its 5th landfall.
Ofel made landfall in these areas on Wednesday, October 14:
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a bulletin at 5 am on Thursday that Ofel is already over the coastal waters of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro.
The tropical depression is moving west northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), heading for the West Philippine Sea.
It continues to have maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. Ofel was earlier expected to intensify into a tropical storm over the West Philippine Sea, but PAGASA is now saying that "there is an increasing likelihood" it will weaken into a low pressure area in the next 12 to 24 hours.
Though Ofel has left Luzon landmass, it will still trigger rain in parts of the island region. The southwest monsoon or hanging habagat is affecting parts of Luzon, too.
Caused by Ofel
Caused by southwest monsoon
Floods and landslides remain possible in those areas. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
As for winds, these areas are still under Signal No. 1, experiencing "strong- to near gale-force winds" from Ofel:
PAGASA added that gusty conditions due to the northeasterly surface windflow may be experienced in the following areas:
A gale warning remains in place for the entire seaboard of Northern Luzon and the seaboard of Aurora due to the northeasterly surface windflow. PAGASA said seas are rough to very rough, with waves 2.5 to 4.5 meters high, making travel risky.
For seaboards of the areas under Signal No. 1 due to Ofel, as well as the seaboards of Zambales and Polillo Island, waters are moderate to rough. PAGASA advised small vessels not to venture out to sea, as waves are 2.1 to 3.5 meters high.
Image from PAGASA
Ofel is the Philippines' 15th tropical cyclone for 2020, and the 2nd for October.
An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020)
PAGASA gave the following estimates for the number of tropical cyclones inside PAR in the next 6 months: