Typhoon Vinta slows down in North Luzon

(UPDATED) Typhoon Vinta (international codename Krosa) slows down hours after making landfall over Santa Ana, Cagayan

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MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Typhoon Vinta (international codename Krosa) slightly slowed down as it continues to traverse extreme Northern Luzon. 

As of 10 pm on Thursday, October 31, state weather bureau PAGASA said the eye of the typhoon was located in the vicinity of Santa Marcela, Apayao. Vinta packed maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h.

Vinta made landfall over northern Cagayan Thursday afternoon.

Signal number 3 is up over Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

These areas are experiencing winds of 101 to 185 km/h, and should expect heavy damage to agriculture, some large trees uprooted, considerable damage to light to medium structures, and moderate to heavy disruption of electricity and communication services. Travel by land, sea and air is dangerous.

In its 9 pm update, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command said the national road from Aparri going to Tuguegarao, Cagayan was not passable due to toppled trees.

The AFP also said there is no electricity in Cagayan and the cellphone signal is fluctuating. Troops from 21st infantry battalion are on standby for clearing operation as soon as the winds and rain subside.

Areas under signal number 2 are the Batanes Group of Islands, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province and Isabela.

These places experience winds of 61 to 100 km/h and must expect moderate damage to agriculture, adverse effects to rice and corn, few large trees uprooted, and nipa and cogon houses to be unroofed. Travel by sea and air is risky.

Under signal number 1 are La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Pangasinan.

These areas are experiencing winds of 30 to 60 km/h and must expect twigs and branches of trees to be broken, banana plants to tilt or land flat on the ground, rice in flowering stage to suffer significant damage, and nipa and cogon houses to be unroofed. Sea travel by small vessels and fishing boats is risky. 

The typhoon is estimated to carry moderate to heavy rainfall within its 500 km diameter.

Flash floods, landslides and storm surges are possible in areas with public storm warning signals, PAGASA said.

Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

Vinta is forecast to move west northwest at 20 km/h.

It is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday afternoon, November 1, and 360 km west of Laoag City by Friday evening. 

The next bulletin on Vinta will be released by PAGASA at 5 am. – Rappler.com 

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