Typhoon Vinta hammers north Luzon
MANILA - Five areas were placed under storm warning signal number 3 late Thursday night as Typhoon Vinta hammered northern Luzon after making landfall in Cagayan, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The eye of the typhoon was spotted near Santa Marcela, Apayao as of 10 p.m.
The following areas, which may experience winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour in at least 18 hours, are under storm signal number 3:
- Babuyan group of islands
- Ilocos Norte
Meanwhile, signal number 2 is hoisted over the following areas:
- Batanes group of islands
- Ilocos Sur
- Mt. Province
Areas under public storm warning signals 3 and 2 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides, PAGASA said. Their coastal areas are also alerted against possible storm surges.
The following areas are under storm signal number 1:
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya
Vinta, which has slowed down, is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph, PAGASA said.
It is carrying estimated rainfall of around 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500 km diameter.
The typhoon is moving west northwest at 20 kph and is expected to be outside the Philippine area of responsibility Friday night.
Lt. Col. Felix Benitez, commander of Army's 21st Infantry Battalion, said he has received no reports yet of injuries or deaths but many commuters are stranded in Cagayan.
"Binabayo tayo ng malalakas na hangin. Iyung highway from Tuguegarao to Aparri hindi madaan kasi maraming natumbang poste," he told ANC.
Power also went out in some parts of Ilocos Sur amid the typhoon's passage.
The United Kingdom's Met Office weather service said around 197mm rain fell in Aparri in the last 6 hours.
Rainfall accumulation for 3 hours in northern luzon. Ingat po. pic.twitter.com/ePGZHLtXOE
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