Storm Vinta intensifies, 11 areas under signal no. 1-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MANILA (Updated 11:40 a.m.) -- The state weather bureau placed 11 areas under public storm warning signal number 1 as Tropical Storm Vinta (Krosa) intensified slightly before noon Wednesday.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m., Vinta was estimated at 700 kilometers (km) east of Casiguran, Aurora, or at 740 km east of Ilagan, Isabela.
It had maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, and was forecast to move west at 22 kph.
Under storm signal number 1 are:
- Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Islands
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
These areas should expect winds between 30 and 60 kph within the next 36 hours. Pagasa warned residents in areas under storm signal number 1 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.
"Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon," it added.
Pagasa said Vinta may bring rainfall of 5.0 to 15.0 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500-km diameter.
By Thursday morning, Vinta is expected to be 280 km east of Ilagan, Isabela and 100 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur by Friday morning.
On Friday evening, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. By Saturday morning, it is expected to be 610 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur. (JK/Sunnex)