A tropical storm with the local name “Vinta” (international name: Tembin) is approaching Mindanao from the east.
Here It Comes!
Public and private schools have been closed. Boat travel to Samal and Talikud Islands, across the Pakiputan Strait, has been shut down by the Philippine Coast Guard. The country’s weather group, PAGASA, has issued a number of warnings. The area is under a typhoon “Signal 1” yellow caution flag.
Tropical Storm Vinta is coming! An unwelcome guest in the days just before the biggest holiday in the Philippines, Tropical Depression Vinta will bring periods of heavy weather to Davao City and the surrounding region. The storm’s main force will slam into areas farther north of the Durian City, including areas in the Eastern Visayas still reeling from the recent effects of tropical storm “Urduja” which departed only days ago.
Here in the city, we are cautioned to stay alert for flash flooding and landslides. People in areas prone to flooding have been warned that evacuation may be necessary. I’m personally worried about the condition of Diversion Road (right).
Davao City is usually very fast to respond to emergencies and the Diversion Road landslide was no exception. The road has long since been cleared and retaining walls are being built to contain future slides but the work is not finished. Vinta may create more problems there.
We’re gearing up here at my house. We’re not really near water so flooding isn’t a big concern but the power might go out. We’re charging up our emergency rechargeable light/fan/radio and all of our rechargeable lamps. We’re keeping the phones and laptops topped off, too.
We have two 1,000-liter rainwater tanks for non-drinking water and we have a bunch of 5-liter filtered water for drinking and cooking as well.
My nieces, sister-in-law, and father-in-law are all here and my wife is out right this minute picking up some snacks and groceries.
Sail Away Vinta
The word “Vinta”, in the Philippines, has two meanings, according to Wikipedia. It’s both a type of small sailboat and the name of a dance.
Let’s all hope that Vinta sails away quickly without harming anyone and that we can all have happy holidays!
I hope you are all prepared if Vinta is something your way. Stay safe!
Photo Credits: storm clouds with lightning C. P. Ewing Flickr via Compfight cc | Davao Diversion Road landslide: DPWH XI | Vinta boat: By Torben Venning – Bajau Laut Pictures, CC BY 2.0, Link | Military chopper: frankieleon Flickr via Compfightcc