TROPICAL Storm Urduja is set to leave the country this weekend or early next week, but a potential storm is brewing in the Pacific Ocean that may hit our shores just before Christmas Day, a weather bureau official said yesterday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that a low-pressure area (LPA) that could become a tropical storm loomed in the western portion of the Pacific Ocean.
If it does develop into a tropical storm and enter the Philippine area of responsibility, the LPA will be called Vinta, said Engr. Oscar Tabada, PAGASA Visayas director.
Vinta could be the 22nd tropical storm to hit the country.
Tabada told SunStar Cebu that based on their weather models, Vinta could enter the country and affect the Visayas two days before Christmas Day.
But it could also remain an LPA or dissipate.
According to the models, if it becomes a severe tropical storm, Vinta could bring maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph, enough to bring down a tree or a house made out of light materials. (JKV)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2017.
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