Aurora, Isabela under storm signal no. 1-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
MANILA -- At least two areas in northern Luzon are under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Depression Vinta has slightly intensified and changed its direction westward, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.
In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said storm warning signal number 1, characterized with 30-60 kilometers per hour (kph) winds, was hoisted over Isabela and Aurora, as Vinta continued to move towards the two provinces.
He said Vinta increased its strength from 45 kph Tuesday morning to 55 kph in the afternoon, while its direction also changed from west northwest to westward at 26 kph.
Figuracion said that as of 10 p.m., Vinta was at 750 kilometers (km) east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.
He also said the tropical depression was expected to make landfall in areas of Isabela and Aurora by Thursday morning. Vinta is also expected to intensify since it is in the sea.
Pagasa added that Vinta will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday. (PNA/With Sunnex)