'Vinta' makes landfall over Davao Oriental

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 22 2017 03:58 AM | Updated as of Dec 22 2017 05:39 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Severe tropical storm Vinta made landfall over Cateel, Davao Oriental, around 1:45 a.m. Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

It brought strong winds and heavy rains as it moved near Boston, Davao Oriental, PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The tropical cyclone is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour 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

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

The storm is forecast to move west at 20 kph and exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Christmas Day. 

Meanwhile, some 4,000 families were evacuated in Surigao del Sur, which is at risk of serious flooding as the storm threatens to dump heavy rains. - with reports from Madonna Timbal-Senajon, Clarabelle Cornelio, and Rodge Cultura, ABS-CBN News

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