MANILA – Tropical depression Vinta entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this morning, October 29, 2013 and is expected to landfall on Thursday at Northern or Central Luzon.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Metro Manila will be affected if Vinta landfalls at Central Luzon. However, other parts of the country will not be affected as the typhoon intensifies.

As of 4:00 am today, Vinta was observed moving 1,150 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes (14.5°N, 135.7°E) with a maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h, moving west-northwest at 20 km/h and is expected to leave the PAR on Friday.

Furthermore, PAG-ASA’s forecast said Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon and evening. (Ma. Meta D. Aboga, ABCom/LNU)