‘Vinta’ intensifies into severe tropical storm, threatens southern Palawan


Posted at Dec 23 2017 05:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2017 06:40 PM

Track of Severe Tropical Storm Vinta. Photo courtesy of PAGASA Facebook page

MANILA- Tropical Storm Vinta has intensified into a severe tropical storm and could make landfall over southern Palawan on Saturday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2 remains hoisted over southern Palawan while signal no. 1 covers the rest of the province.

PAGASA also warned against sea travel over the seaboards of areas under the tropical cyclone warning signals, the southern seaboard of Mindoro provinces and the western seaboard of Aklan and Antique due to the weather disturbance.

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan, while scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of MIMAROPA within 24 hours, PAGASA said. 

Residents of these areas are advised to take measures against flooding and landslides.

At 4 p.m., PAGASA said the severe tropical storm was spotted at 230 km south of Puerto Princesa city or 170 km west of Balabac, Palawan.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is forecast to move westward at a speed of 22 kph.

Vinta is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, between the morning and afternoon.