At least three provinces in Northern Luzon is now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as Tropical Depression Vinta has intensified into a tropical storm, expected to stay within the country’s territory until weekend.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) defines a tropical storm as moderate tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 64 kilometer per hour (kph) to 118kph (25 to 75mph).
Weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that as of 6 a.m., the center of the tropical storm was located at 650km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes packed with maximum winds of 65kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph.
Pura said that Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora is now under public storm warning signal no. 1 (30 to 60kph winds may be expected within 36 hours).
Pagasa advised the residents of areas covered by the signal against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Vinta is forecast to move west at 19kph.
With its speed and movement, Pura said Vinta is expected to leave the country’s area of responsibility on Saturday morning, heading towards southern China.
Pura noted that if Vinta maintains its present direction and speed, it is expected to make landfall in Northern Luzon in areas of Isabela-Aurora on Friday.
The estimated rainfall amount within the storm’s 300-km radius is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, which is classified as moderate to heavy.
Vinta is expected to be at 370km northeast of Virac, by Thursday morning.
It is forecast to be at 90km northeast of Casiguran Aurora by Friday morning and by Saturday morning is expected to be at 190km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
Pura said that because of the trough of Vinta, there is a chance that Metro Manila may also experience rains brought by the weather disturbance.
Citing the Pagasa’s extended forecast, Pura said that weather in most parts of the country will start to improve Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon as Vinta continues to move away from the Philippine territory.
He is also advising people going to the cemeteries on the afternoon of All Souls’ Day and All Saint’s Day to bring rain gears such as umbrellas, raincoats and jackets in anticipation of possible rains “not probably from the cyclone but due to localized thunderstorms or possible formation of an inter-tropical convergence zone [ITCZ].”
Every year, millions of Filipinos troop to cemeteries to pay their respects to their departed loved ones.
For Wednesday forecast, Pura said that the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora will have rains and gusty winds with rough to very rough seas.