MANILA - The low pressure area earlier spotted east off Mindanao intensified into a tropical depression Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The tropical depression was named "Vinta" and is expected to make landfall between Caraga and the Davao Region Thursday night to Friday morning.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 has been raised over Surigao del Sur and Northern Davao Oriental.
PAGASA said scattered to widespread rains is expected over Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao within the next 24 hours.
Residents of these areas are advised to take appropriate measures against flooding and landslides.
As of 4 p.m., the eye of the tropical depression was spotted at 735 kms east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph, and is forecast to move westward at a speed of 20 kph.
PAGASA also advised against sea travel over the seaboards of Eastern Mindanao due to moderate to rough seas associated with the approaching tropical depression.