Wet Christmas: ‘Vinta’ makes landfall in Mindanao

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Tropical storm “Vinta” (international name Tembin) has maintained its strength as it moved towards eastern Mindanao and expected to make landfall over Caraga-Davao region Thursday or Friday morning, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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.

Signal number 1 is up over southern Leyte, Bohol, Dinagat Island, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, northern Davao Oriental, northern Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte.

PAGASA warned against sea travel over the seaboards under these areas. (Lily O. Ramos/PNA)