'Vinta' strengthens anew; signal no. 2 up in 4 areas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2017 04:19 AM | Updated as of Dec 23 2017 07:42 AM

MANILA - Tropical depression Vinta has reintensified into a tropical storm as it moves over the Sulu Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Saturday.

In its 2 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Vinta is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

Vinta was last spotted at 145 kilometers north northwest of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur. It is forecast to move west at 20 kph and expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday.

As Vinta strengthened, tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2 was raised over the following areas:

- Southern Palawan (Brooke's Point, Rizal, Bataraza, and Balabac) 

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

-Southern Palawan (Puerto Princesa City, Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, and Sofronio Española)
-Zamboanga del Norte
-Zamboanga del Sur
-Zamboanga Sibugay

PAGASA said scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan and Zamboanga Peninsula.

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.

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