'Vinta' nears landfall; storm signals up in 31 areas


Posted at Dec 21 2017 11:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2017 04:00 AM

Severe tropical storm "Vinta" has slightly intensified as it nears landfall over Surigao del Sur, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday night.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said "Vinta" was last spotted 85 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gusts of up to 125 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 has been raised over the following areas:

- Siquijor 
- Southern Negros Oriental
- Surigao del Norte 
- Siargao Islands
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Northern Davao Oriental
- Compostela Valley
- Davao del Norte
- Camiguin
- Bukidnon
- Misamis Oriental
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Misamis Occidental
- Eastern Zamboanga del Norte
- Eastern Zamboanga del Sur

Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over the following areas:

- Southern Leyte, 
- Southern portion of Leyte
- Bohol
- Southern Cebu
- The rest of Negros Oriental
- Southern Negros Occidental
- Dinagat Island
- The rest of Davao Oriental
- Davao del Sur
- North Cotabato
- Maguindanao
- The rest of Zamboanga del Norte
- The rest of Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay

The storm is expected to make landfall over Surigao del Sur between late Thursday evening and Friday morning.

It is forecast to move west at 20 kph and exit the Philippine area of Responsibility on Christmas Day. 

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under the cyclone warning signals.

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