'Vinta' reintensifies into tropical storm

TROPICAL DEPRESSION Vinta (Tempin), which is now over the Sulu Sea, has reintensified into a tropical storm early Saturday, December 23, the country's weather agency reported.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, the center of the tropical storm was estimated to be at 145 kilometers (km) north-northwest of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.

With maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, Vinta is forecast to move west at 20 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

READ: Tropical Storm Vinta weakens into tropical depression

Pagasa said scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan and Zamboanga Peninsula, while scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains are expected over Visayas, Bicol region, and the rest of Mindanao and of Mimaropa.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 2 (61-120 kph winds expected in 24 hours) is raised over Southern Palawan (Brookes Point, Rizal, Bataraza, and Balabac), while Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds in 36 hours) is hoisted over southern Palawan (Puerto Princesa City, Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, and Sofronio EspaƱola), Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Residents in these areas are warned against possible flooding and landslide. (DDA/SunStar Philippines)
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