Vinta: More provinces under signal no. 1

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – More provinces are now under storm signal number 1 as tropical storm Vinta (international codename Krosa) moves closer to northern Luzon Wednesday, October 30.

As of 10 am, Vinta was spotted 700 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, or 740 km east of Ilagan, Isabela, carrying maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Nueva Ecija join Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora under storm signal number 1, where winds 30-60 km/h can be expected within 36 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Moderate to heavy rainfall (5.0-15.0 mm/h) is estimated within the storm's 500 km diameter.

Areas under the storm signal should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides, while sea travel could be risky over northern and eastern Luzon, the bureau warned.

It is forecast to move west, at a speed of 22 km/h. It is expected to be 280 km east of Ilagan Thursday morning, and 100 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday evening.

The next bulletin on Vinta will be released at 5 pm. – Rappler.com