Weather Update Philippines: Tropical Storm Vinta to make landfall on December 21
MANILA PHILIPPINES — Tropical storm or Bagyong “Vinta” (international name Tembin) has maintained strength as it moves towards eastern Mindanao and expected to make landfall over Caraga-Davao region Thursday or Friday morning, according to PH weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In its latest severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said “Vinta” was last observed at 440 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west at 18 kph.
Due to the effects of “Vinta”, signal number 2 is hoisted over the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur. Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over central Visayas, eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao region and northern Mindanao.
According to the report of ABS-CBN.com, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 has been raised over the following areas:
– Southern Negros Oriental
– Surigao del Norte including Siargao Islands
– Surigao del Sur
– Agusan del Norte
– Agusan del Sur
– Northern Davao Oriental
– Compostela Valley
– Davao del Norte
– Misamis Oriental
– Northern Zamboanga del Norte
– Lanao del Norte
– Lanao del Sur
Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over the following areas:
– Southern Cebu
– North Cotabato
– The rest of Davao Oriental
– Davao del Sur
– Dinagat Island
– Southern Leyte
– Southern portion of Leyte
– Misamis Occidental
– Southern Negros Occidental
– Zamboanga del Sur
– Zamboanga Sibugay
– The rest of Zamboanga del Norte
The storm is expected to make landfall over Surigao del Sur between late Thursday evening and Friday morning.
PAGASA warned against sea travel over the seaboards under these areas.
Sources: PNA, PAGASA, ABS-CBN.com