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At least 100 killed in flooding and mudslides in the southern Philippines

Hello from the Western Pacific Weather team.

On this Christmas weekend, it is tragic to report that according to the BBC, at least 100 people have been killed in flooding and mudslides due to Tembin/Vinta. This is the latest deadliest storm after Kai-tak/Urduja impacted Visayas just the other weekend, leading to the deaths of at least 40 people.

Severe Tropical Storm Tembin is moving south of Palawan and is bringing its powerful winds and heavy rainfall into that island and south into the northern tip of Borneo. The storm will intensify into a strong typhoon within the next 12 hours, setting its sights for the Indochina Peninsula. Those in the southern portions of Vietnam along with Cambodia need to prepare for impact by Christmas Day.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

20171223 12 UTC Tembin

Tembin/Vinta pushes forward toward the west

Good afternoon from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Tembin/Vinta is crossing over Mindanao and is continuing its westward trek. The storm, which was a severe tropical storm for about 12 hours, has weakened as it interacted with the land area of the southern Philippines.

Radar indicates that much of the heavy rainfall that was much more widespread during the morning hours has become scattered in nature, meaning some areas are still seeing downpours while others are seeing much calmer conditions. Satellite indicates a dry slot that has also entered the storm, allowing a break in the clouds.

Expect Tembin to continue moving westward over the weekend, possibly intensifying once again over open waters before impacting the Indochina Peninsula, particularly Vietnam by mid-week next week.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

20171222 06 Track

Storm Alert: Tembin/Vinta now a Severe Tropical Storm

Good evening from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Tembin/Vinta has now been upgraded to a Severe Tropical Storm according to the 12 UTC update from the Japan Meteorological Agency on Thursday. The storm’s center is still located east of Mindanao and is dumping plenty of heavy rainfall into the region and into Visayas.

20171221 Thursday 12 UTC Track

Here are the current signal alerts issued by PAGASA as of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 22 December 2017.

Signal 2:
Mindanao – Surigao del Norte Incl. Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Northern Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Northern Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur

Visayas – Siquijor and Southern Negros Oriental

Signal 1:
Mindanao – Dinagat Island, Misamis Occidental, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Rest of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Rest of Zamboanga del Norte

Visayas – Southern Leyte, southern portion of Leyte, Southern Cebu, Bohol, Southern Negros Occidental

Heavy Rainfall Warnings are now in place for the central and eastern half of Mindanao. Residents should be prepared to see flooding conditions as well as concerns for mudslides during the overnight period.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather