MANILA - Residents on the path of tropical storm Vinta should not sleep too soundly on Thursday night to keep themselves safe during periods of heavy rain, the state weather bureau said.
The storm, the second to hit the country in a week, is expected to make landfall over the Caraga-Davao regions Thursday night or early Friday, said PAGASA weather division chief Esperanza Cayanan.
The period from Thursday until Sunday, Christmas eve, will be critical, Cayanan told reporters.
"Huwag po tayong masyadong mahimbing matulog dahil baka po magulat na lang kayo nandiyan na pala yung bagyo mamayang gabi or early morning," Cayanan said.
(Let's not sleep too soundly because we might be surprised that the storm is here already tonight or early morning.)
"Dapat tayo magbantay at mag-monitor para tayo makapaghanda at maging safe tayo," she said.
(We should stay alert and monitor so that we can prepare and be safe.)
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2 was raised over Surigao del Norte including Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Northern Davao Oriental.
Signal no. 1 was raised over the following areas:
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
The rest of Davao Oriental
Northern Davao del Sur
Davao del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur
Southern portion of Leyte
PAGASA also warned of possible storm surges -- with waves as high as 4-14 meters -- in the coastal areas of those placed under signal no. 2.
Vinta, was spotted at 340 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 10 a.m. Thursday, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.
It is expected to bring widespread moderate to heavy rains over Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region and Northern Mindanao within 24 hours.