'Vinta' weakens into tropical depression


Posted at Dec 22 2017 05:56 PM

Track of tropical depression "Vinta." Photo courtesy of PAGASA Facebook page

MANILA - After causing flooding in parts of Mindanao, Tropical Storm "Vinta" weakened into a tropical depression Friday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

As of 4 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was spotted in the vicinity of Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 60 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph and is forecast to move westward at 20 kph.

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 is, meanwhile, hoisted in the following:

- Southern Negros Occidental
- Southern section of Negros Oriental and Siquijor
- Misamis Oriental
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Misamis Occidental
- Zamboanga del Norte
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay
- Western part of North Cotabato
- Northern part of Maguindanao

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