'Bagyong Vinta' PAGASA weather update December 21, 2017

MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Vinta' (international name: Tembin) has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to track westward, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 a.m. update on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

'Bagyong Vinta' PAGASA weather update December 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Vinta satellite image as of 5:00 am on Thursday, December 21. Courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

'Bagyong Vinta' is expected to make landfall over Caraga - Davao Region area between Thursday (December 21) evening and Friday (December 22) morning.

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

At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm Vinta was estimated based on all available data at 510 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (09.0 °N, 130.9 °E).

'Vinta' has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West at 18 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 80 km Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur(8.8°N, 126.9°E)
  • 48 Hour(Saturday morning):130 km West of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte(8.8°N, 122.2°E)
  • 72 Hour(Sunday morning): 110 km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan(9.0°N, 118.1°E)
  • 96 Hour(Monday morning):170 km South Southwest of Pagasa Island, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(9.6°N, 113.5°E)
track of Bagyong Vinta Christmas 2017

Tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) No. 2 (61-120kph expected in 24 hrs) was raised over Surigao del Sur.

TCWS#1 (30-60kph expected in 36 hrs) is up in these areas: Southern Leyte, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Northern Davao Oriental, Northern Davao del Sur, North Cotabato, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin.

PAGASA said the possible inclusion of Bohol, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao in areas under Signal No. 1 within 6 hours.

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

Residents of these areas must undertake precautionary measures, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao due to the approaching Tropical Storm.

— The Summit Express

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