'Vinta' barrels toward Mindanao


Posted at Dec 21 2017 01:41 AM | Updated as of Dec 21 2017 09:31 AM

MANILA - Tropical depression "Vinta" has slightly intensified as it continues to head for Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday night.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Vinta is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 has been raised over Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, 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 10 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was spotted at 605 kms east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Vinta is forecast to make landfall over Caraga and Davao Region area between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

PAGASA also advised against sea travel over the seaboards of Eastern Mindanao due to moderate to rough seas associated with the approaching tropical depression.