PAGASA weather bulletin as of 5:00 a.m., "the center of Tropical Depression "OFEL" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 460 km East of Surigao City (9.4°N, 130.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West at 13 kph. "
PAGASA forescaster Bernie de Leon said, "Tropical Depression Ofel has a high chance of making landfall over the Eastern Visayas or Northern Mindanao and may stay in the Philippine Area of Responsibility until Friday or Saturday."
Meanwhile, PAGASA raised signal no. 1 to the following areas in Visayas and Mindanao; Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Surigao Del Norte, Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Provinces, Camiguin Island.