Severe Tropical Storm Vinta hits Davao Oriental
MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin) made landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental at 1:45 am on Friday, December 22.
In a bulletin issued 2 am on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Vinta is already 85 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, still moving west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The severe tropical storm maintained its strength as it hit land, with maximum winds of 90 km/h and gustiness of up to 125 km/h. (READ: EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form)
Signal number 2 remains raised in:
- southern Negros Oriental
- Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- northern Davao Oriental
- Compostela Valley
- Davao del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- eastern Zamboanga del Norte
- eastern Zamboanga del Sur
Signal number 1, meanwhile, is up over:
- Southern Leyte
- southern part of Leyte
- southern part of Cebu
- northern Negros Oriental
- southern Negros Occidental
- Dinagat Islands
- southern Davao Oriental
- Davao del Sur
- North Cotabato
- western Zamboanga del Norte
- western Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay
PAGASA also warned that scattered to widespread rains will continue in the Visayas and Mindanao within the next 24 hours. Residents of these areas should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: What are the hazard-prone areas along Vinta's path?)
Sea travel is also risky in areas under signal numbers 1 and 2. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
PAGASA earlier warned the public to take Vinta seriously, saying they should prepare and closely monitor updates.
After landfall, Vinta is expected to cross Caraga, Northern Mindanao, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and southern Palawan.
It will then leave PAR on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Eastern Visayas is still reeling from the damage wrought by Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak), which battered the region as a tropical storm. National disaster management authorities said 45 people were killed and 46 others remain missing. Urduja left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) last Tuesday, December 19.
Meanwhile, the tail-end of a cold front will bring more light to heavy rain to the regions of Bicol, Mimaropa, and Calabarzon, as well as the provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Flash floods and landslides are possible.
The northeast monsoon will also continue to affect Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and the rest of Central Luzon, but PAGASA said the scattered rainshowers will have "no significant impact." – Rappler.com