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‘Vinta’ hits land today


Tropical storm “Vinta” (international name “Tembin”) has slightly accelerated and was expected to make landfall over the Caraga-Davao region last night or this morning, State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.

As of 1 p.m. yesterday, Vinta was estimated based on all available data at 260 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph and moving west at 21 kph.

Tropical cyclone signal warning No. 2 has been raised over Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, northern Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin due to the effects of Vinta.

On the other hand, signal No. 1 is up over Southern Leyte, southern portion of Leyte, southern Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, southern Negros Occidental, southern Negros Oriental, Dinagat Island, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, rest of Davao Oriental, northern Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Norte.

Meanwhile, passenger ferry company 2GO suspended trips effective 6 a.m. yesterday after the Coast Guard Stations in Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro cancelled trips of all types and vessels to General Santos, Northern Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon due to Vinta.