Vinta further intensifies, 4 areas under signal no. 2-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MANILA -- Tropical Storm Vinta (Krosa) slightly gained strength while moving toward extreme Northern Luzon, state weather forecasters said Wednesday evening.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. bulletin that the eye of Tropical Storm Vinta was estimated at 610 kilometers (km) east of Ilagan, Isabela as of 4 p.m. and it is forecast to move west-northwestward at 23 kilometers per hour (kph).
Vinta packed winds of 85 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.
Pagasa said, "Tropical Storm Vinta is expected to be at 130 km east of Tuguegarao City Thursday afternoon. By Friday afternoon, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 300 km west of Laoag City."
The state weather agency raised public storm warning signals over 17 areas in the country.
Under public storm warning signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hours):
- Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
Under public storm warning signal number 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours):
- Ilocos Norte
- Mt. Province
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
- Batanes Group of Islands
"Areas under public storm warning signals numbers 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Moreover, coastal areas under public storm warning signal 2 are alerted against possible storm surges," Pagasa said.
Pagasa also said that Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga and Cagayan will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.
Meanwhile, the Ilocos region, the rest of the Cordilleras, and the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Batanes will have rain and gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
"Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms," it said.
The skies over Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, Pagasa said.
It added, "Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon."
Pagasa also said that Vinta carries about 5 to 15 millimeters per hour or moderate to heavy rain within its 500 km diameter.
The state bureau also said, "Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over the rest of Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate coming from the Northeast to Northwest with slight to moderate seas." (SFP/Sunnex)