Vinta leaves PH, all storm signals lifted


Posted at Dec 24 2017 12:13 PM

MANILA - Typhoon Vinta has left the Philippine area of responsibility, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday, as authorities continued response efforts in Mindanao where the storm had triggered deadly landslides and flash floods.

Vinta (international name: Tembin) was last spotted at 9:30 a.m. Sunday 290 kms south of Pagasa Island, Palawan and is forecast to keep moving west at 25 kph. All storm signals have been lifted across the country, PAGASA said in its latest bulletin.

PAGASA, however, said sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of Palawan due to the typhoon.

It said scattered to widespread moderate to occasionally heavy rains will still prevail over Palawan, especially over the southern section.

"Residents of these areas must take appropriate actions against flooding and landslides, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates," PAGASA said in it latest weather bulletin.

The tropical cyclone intensified into a typhoon as it moved away from the Philippines, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph.

It hit Mindanao as a tropical storm Friday, triggering mudslides and flash floods that has left nearly 200 dead and scores missing.

Vinta struck less than a week after Tropical Storm Urduja left 54 dead and 24 missing in the Visayas.

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