After TS Urduja, Mindanao will once again experience another storm named Vinta days before Christmas.
Last night, December 20, 2017, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) placed Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Compostella Valley and Nothern Davao Oriental under Storm Signal No. 1 due to TS Vinta.
UPDATE: Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, and Bukidnon were also placed under Storm Signal No. 1 this morning.
PAGASA stated that Vinta is packing winds of up to 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph as it moved westward at a speed of 20 kph.
Furthermore, the storm is expected to make landfall in Caraga-Davao Region between Thursday evening and Friday morning. This will affect most areas in Northern Mindanao.
Below is the current estimate after Tropical Depression Vinta strengthened into a storm before dawn: