'Vinta' slightly weakens; storms signals up in 28 areas


Posted at Dec 22 2017 11:49 AM | Updated as of Dec 22 2017 11:56 AM

Tropical storm "Vinta" slightly weakened as it plowed through Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday morning.

In its 11 a.m. press briefing, PAGASA said "Vinta" packed maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center, and gusts of up to 130 kph.

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"Vinta" continues to move west at a slower speed of 18 kph, PAGASA said.

Despite the weakening storm, the following areas are still under storm signal no. 2:

- Agusan del Sur
- Davao del Norte
- North Cotabato
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Bukidnon
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Zamboanga del Norte
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay

Meantime, signal no.1 is still hoisted over the following areas:

- Southern Leyte
- Bohol
- Southern Cebu
- Negros Oriental
- Southern Negros Occidental
- Siquijor
- Dinagat Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Compostela Valley
- Camiguin
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Sur
- Maguindanao
- Sultan Kudarat
- Basilan

"Maging alerto pa din tayo sa landslides at flash flood dahil sa malakas na ulan na dala ng bagyo," the state weather bureau said.

"Vinta" is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Christmas Day.

Though unaffected by the storm, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Bicol shoul also expect rain showers due to the northeast monsoon, PAGASA said.