Vinta now a typhoon; to hit Cagayan today

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(UPDATED) Landfall in northern Cagayan in the afternoon; Typhoon out of PH Friday

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vinta (international codename Krosa) has been upgraded into a typhoon as it closes in on northern Luzon Thursday morning, October 31, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Vinta was located 200 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 150 km/h, state bureau PAGASA said in its 11 am bulletin.

It will make landfall over northern Cagayan later today, the bureau said.

Storm signal number 3 has been raised over Cagayan (including the Calayan and Babuyan islands), Ilocos Norte and Apayao.

These areas should expect winds of more than 101 km/h in at least 18 hours, and should brace for potential heavy damage to agriculture, infrastructure, and communication disruptions due to the winds.

Any type of travel in these two provinces could be dangerous, the bureau said.

Storm signal number 2, where winds of 61-100 km/h can be expected within 24 hours, has been raised in the following areas:

Batanes Group of Islands
Abra
Kalinga
Ilocos Sur
Mt. Province
Isabela

Signal number 1 is hoisted over these places:

La Union
Benguet
Ifugao
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Aurora
Pangasinan
Nueva Ecija
Tarlac
Zambales

The storm is estimated to carry moderate to heavy rainfall (5.0-15.0 mm/h) within its 500 km diameter, the bureau said.

Areas under public storm warning signals should be on the lookout for flash floods and landslides, and sea travel is risky in the northern and eastern coasts of Luzon.

The storm is moving at a speed of 26 km/h towards the west.

On Friday morning, November 1, Vinta is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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