'Vinta' may strengthen anew, PAGASA warns


Posted at Dec 23 2017 12:24 AM | Updated as of Dec 23 2017 04:20 AM

MANILA - Tropical depression Vinta may reintensify into a tropical storm while traversing the Sulu Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday night.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Vinta is about to leave the landmass of Zamboanga Peninsula.

The storm was last spotted at 115 kilometers north of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur. It is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.

Vinta is forecast to move west at 20 kph. It is also expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

-Southern Palawan
-Zamboanga del Norte
-Zamboanga del Sur
-Zamboanga Sibugay

PAGASA said scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan and the western section of Mindanao.

The Visayas, Bicol, the rest of Mindanao, and MIMAROPA, meanwhile, will experience scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains within 24 hours.

PAGASA warned residents of these affected areas against flooding and landslides.

For more weather updates, visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center.