The tropical depression spotted over the Pacific Ocean entered the country Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In a interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Chris Perez said the tropical depression, locally named “Vinta,” is the fifth cyclone to enter the country this month and the 22nd for the year.
Perez said that as of 4:00 a.m., tropical depression Vinta was located at 1,150 km East of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.
It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.
He added that so far Vinta is not affecting the country and no public storm warning signal is raised. However, Vinta can still intensify since it is still in the sea.
Perez noted that if the cyclone maintains its present direction and speed, it may make landfall over Northern and Central Luzon by Wednesday or Thursday.
“Sa ngayon si Vinta hindi pa nakakaapekto sa bansa pero sa susunod na mga araw at base sa ipinapakita ng mga models, kung hindi ito magbabago ng direksiyon, posibleng mag-landfall ito sa may area ng Northern o Central Luzon by Wednesday or Thursday,” he said.
He added they expect stormy weather in these areas before the end of the month.
Vinta is forecast to be at 600 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday morning.
It added that Vinta is predicted to be at 300 km East of Baler, Aurora by Thursday morning, and by Friday morning at 180 km West of Baguio City.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 7.5 mm per hour (moderate – occasionally heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
Perez said for Tuesday forecast, northeast monsoon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. PNA