Vinta now a typhoon, 3 areas under Signal No. 3-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
MANILA (Updated, 11:35 a.m.) -- Ilocos Norte was added to the areas under Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 3 as the state weather agency upgraded Vinta into a Typhoon Thursday morning.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Vinta was estimated at 200 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 a.m. Thursday, with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
Pagasa said, Vinta "poses a real threat to extreme Northern Luzon."
It said Vinta is forecast to move west at 26 kph. It is expected to make landfall over Northern Cagayan Thursday afternoon. Pagasa said Vinta may leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Friday before noon.
Under Signal No. 3 (Winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hrs):
-Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
Under Signal No. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs):
-Batanes Group of Islands
Under Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours):
Pagasa said that areas under storm warning signals should be alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
"(C)oastal areas under Public Storm Warning Signal Numbers 3 and 2 are alerted against possible storm surges," it added.
The state weather bureau also warned, "Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon."
Pagasa said Vinta may bring rainfall of 5.0 to 15.0 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500-km diameter. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)