MANILA, Philippines – PAGASA issued the latest weather update on Tropical Storm Vinta or Bagyong Vinta at 5:00 AM, December 23, 2017 (Saturday). Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TWCS) are already lifted in several provinces but still raised in Southern Palawan and Zamboanga area. As per the administration’s latest update, the Tropical Storm has slightly intensified as it is now tracking the Sulu sea.
At 4:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “VINTA” was estimated based on all available data at 165 km Northwest of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.
Maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. Likewise, it is expected to move west at 20 kph.
Signal Number 2 (61-120kph expected in 24h)
- Southern Palawan
Signal No. 1 (30-60kph expected in 36h)
- Rest of Palawan
- Western section of Zamboanga del Norte
- Western section of Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay
PAGASA warned that scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan, while scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Bicol Region, Visayas, Mindanao, and the rest of MIMAROPA within 24 hours.
Residents of the affected areas must make appropriate actions against flooding and landslides, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
Below is the forecast movement and track of ‘Vinta’ in the next 24h, 48h and 72h, image(s) courtesy of PAGASA.
Note: This latest PAGASA Weather Update report for Tropical Storm Vinta on December 23, 2017 will be updated soon as the administration release the next weather bulletin.
Meanwhile, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS.