'Vinta' approaches Sulu Sea, fewer areas under signal no.1


Posted at Dec 22 2017 08:53 PM

MANILA - Tropical Depression Vinta has maintained its strength and is now approaching the Sulu Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.

In its 8 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Vinta was last spotted in the vicinity of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay and is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Vinta is forecast to move westward at 20 kph and is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday. It left several parts of Mindanao flooded after it hit land before dawn Friday. 

PAGASA said scattered to widespread moderate to occasionally heavy rains will prevail over Visayas and Western Mindanao within 24 hours. 

Residents of these areas are advised to take action against flooding and landslides, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

PAGASA has lifted Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 in all areas. Signal No. 1, meanwhile, remains hoisted over the following:

- Southern Palawan
- Southern Negros Oriental 
- Siquijor
- Lanao del Norte
- Misamis Occidental
- Zamboanga del Norte
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay

PAGASA also warned against sea travel over the seaboards of areas under a storm signal.