'Bagyong Vinta' intensifies, Signal No. 2 up in 12 areas

MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Vinta' (international name: Tembin) has intensified further as it threatens CARAGA area, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 p.m. update on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

'Bagyong Vinta' intensifies, Signal No. 2 up in 12 areas
Tropical Storm Vinta satellite image as of 3:30 p.m. on December 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of DOST-PAGASA.

Tropical Storm Vinta is expected to make landfall over Surigao del Sur between late this evening and tomorrow early morning (22 December).

At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of 'Bagyong Vinta' was estimated based on all available data including Hinatuan doppler radar at 200 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (08.1 °N, 128.1 °E).

'Vinta' has maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 110 kph. It is forecast to move West at 21 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 75 km Northwest of El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental(8.8°N, 124.1°E)
  • 48 Hour(Saturday afternoon):165 km South of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan(8.3°N, 119.0°E)
  • 72 Hour(Sunday afternoon): 435 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(9.7°N, 114.8°E)
  • 96 Hour(Monday afternoon):1,005 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(9.9°N, 109.6°E)

track Vinta storm Christmas

Tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) No. 2 (61-120kph expected in 24 hrs) is up in 12 areas: Surigao del Norte Incl. Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Northern Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur.

Signal No. 1 (30-60kph expected in 36 hrs) was raised over Southern Leyte, southern portion of Leyte, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Southern Negros Occidental and Southern Negros Oriental.

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula within 24 hours.

Residents of these areas must make appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS.

— The Summit Express

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