'Vinta' may spoil Undas plans in Luzon
|MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 9:30 a.m., 29 October 2013|
MANILA – A new weather disturbance has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
PAGASA said the tropical depression, named "Vinta," entered PAR at 6 a.m. today. As of 10 a.m., it was spotted 1,000 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.
Vinta was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. An estimated rainfall of 5 - 7.5 millimeters per hour (moderate - occasionally heavy) is expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.
Moving west northwest at 26 kilometers per hour, Vinta is expected to make landfall in Isabela on Thursday morning and exit PAR on Friday morning. No public storm warning signal has been raised yet.
In an interview on dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Chris Perez said Vinta is expected to intensify into a tropical storm as it gathers more strength over the Philippine Sea.
"It will become stronger and cross northern and central Luzon area," Perez said, adding that Metro Manila may also experience rains brought by the weather disturbance.
Perez said 2 to 3 cyclones might enter PAR in November and 1 to 2 more in December. – with a report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM