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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Preemptive Evacuation in the Flood-prone and Low-lying Coastal Areas are Encouraged as TS Vinta Making Landfall in Mindanao

According to PAGASA Mindanao Head Dir. Anthony Lucero, worst case scenario for TS Vinta will have heavy rains in Northern Mindanao tonight. Vinta will be at the vicinity of Claveria, Misamis Oriental by 2pm tomorrow. Expect widespread flooding tomorrow morning especially in Cagayan de Oro. Landslides are also expected. Preemptive evacuation along harm's way is encouraged.

Everyone in the flood-prone and low-lying coastal areas are encouraged to have preemptive evacuation to the safe place. Later the city government will give some advices on some locations for evacuation.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office prepared 400 sacks of rice and 500 hygiene kits in case force evacuation will take effect as #TSVINTA intensifies... at 9:00am today, personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department are placed under Code Blue and continuously monitoring and coordinating with BDRRMCs 8 teams of Emergency Medical Specialists and 2 teams of Urban Search and Rescue personnel are now on stand-by.

Here's the weather forecast as of this morning (December 21, 2017) from PAGASA


Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region and Northern Mindanao within 24 hours. Residents of these areas must Northernake appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS).
Expected to make landfall over Caraga - Davao Region area between this evening and tomorrow morning (22 December)

Possible inclusion of Southern Cebu, Siquijor, and Misamis Occidental in areas under TCWS No. 1 in the next bulletin.

Location of eye/center: At 7:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm #VintaPH was estimated based on all available data at 440 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (08.7 °N, 130.3 °E)
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph
Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West at 18 kph

Forecast Positions: 
24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 80 km Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur(8.8°N, 126.5°E)
48 Hour(Saturday morning):175 km West of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte(8.8°N, 121.8°E)
72 Hour(Sunday morning): In the vicinity of Rizal, Palawan(9.1°N, 117.7°E)
96 Hour(Monday morning):185 km Southwest of Pagasa Island, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(9.7°N, 113.1°E)

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today

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