Vinta moves closer to Cagayan; 10 areas under signal #2-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
CEBU CITY -- Ten areas were placed under public storm warning signal number 2 on Wednesday evening as Tropical Storm Vinta (international codename: Krosa) intensified further while moving closer to Cagayan province.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin that Vinta, as of 10 p.m., was located 530 kilometers (km) east of Tuguegarao City, packing winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph.
Vinta was forecast to move west northwest at 26 kph.
Placed under signal number 2 due to the tropical storm were the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, and Mt. Province, including the Calayan Group of Island and Babuyan Group of Islands. These areas will experience winds of 60 to 100 kph in at least 24 hours.
Pagasa, meanwhile, hoisted signal number 1 over La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Aurora, and Batanes Group of Islands. Winds of 30 to 60 kph may be expected in these areas in at least 36 hours, the weather bureau said.
Pagasa also warned that Vinta will bring an estimated rainfall amount from 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate – heavy) within its 500 km diameter.
It advised residents in areas under public storm warning signals to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
“Coastal areas under public storm warning signal number 2 are alerted against possible storm surges,” Pagasa said in its weather bulletin, adding that sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.
It also said that strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, including the provinces of Camarines, Catanduanes, eastern coast of Albay, Sorsogon, and Quezon, including Polilio Island, due to Tropical Storm Vinta. These areas will also experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
Weather forecasters said though that Vinta will be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday evening if it maintains its speed and direction.
Vinta may make landfall, though, on Thursday morning, said weather forecaster Chris Perez.
He added that Ilocos Region, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region and the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Batanes will have rains and gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
Perez also said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, he said. (Sunnex/With PNA)