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'Vinta' intensifies into severe tropical storm threatening to landfall on southern Palawan.

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

"Vinta" (International name: Tembin) has intensified into a severe tropical storm threatening to landfall on Southern Palawan tonight before moving outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the latest forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

PAGASA weather specialist Samuel Duran said during their 5 p.m. weather update that "Vinta" has strengthened into a severe tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.

On the latest weather bulletin released by the agency Saturday, at 4p.m., the eye of the tropical storm was found at 230 kilometer south of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan or 170 km west of Balabac, Palawan moving westward at 22 kph.

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains prevail over Palawan, while scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains poured over Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of MIMAROPA.

PAGASA reminded residents of these areas to still 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 "Vinta" likely to make landfall on Southern Palawan tonight and is expected to exit the PAR tomorrow, December 24.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains affected provinces of Quezon, Rizal, and portions of Laguna and Bulacan while light rains poured over Metro Manila.

PAGASA raised tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 on Southern Palawan while signal number 2 on the rest of the province.

Sea travel still remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the southern seaboard of Mindoro provinces and the western seaboard of Aklan and Antique due to the severe tropical storm.



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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Dec 23, 2017
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