'Vinta' threatens N. Luzon
MANILA – A tropical depression is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA said the tropical depression, which will be locally named "Vinta" once it enters PAR, was spotted 1,150 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 a.m.
The new weather disturbance was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center.
In an interview with dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas said Vinta is expected to intensify into a tropical storm as it approaches northern Luzon.
Moving west northwest at 24 kph, Vinta is forecast to be 600 kms east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday morning and 300 kms east of Baler, Aurora by Thursday morning.
An estimated rainfall of 5 - 7.5 millimeters per hour (moderate - occasionally heavy) is expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.
PAGASA said for Tuesday, Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.