MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has lifted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) No.3 as ‘Jolina’ weakened into a severe tropical storm.
Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 p.m. bulletin on Tuesday (September 7), the weather system was was estimated 60 km west northwest of Masbate City, Masbate or 90 km east of Romblon, Romblon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h.
It is now moving over the Sibuyan Sea.
Given this development, wind signal #2 remains over the following areas:
The central and southern portions of Quezon, the southern portion of Rizal, Laguna, the southeastern portion of Batangas, the northeastern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Sorsogon, the western portion of Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, the western and southern portion of Camarines Sur, and the western portion of Camarines Norte.
These areas may experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds in the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, signal #1 is up in the following areas:
The southern portion of Aurora, the southern portion of Quirino, the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Cavite, the rest of Batangas, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island,the rest of Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and the rest of Albay
The northwestern portion of Samar, Biliran, the northwestern portion of Leyte, the northern portion of Cebu, the northern portion of Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, the northern portion of Iloilo, and the northwestern portion of Antique.
These areas will experience strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours.
PAGASA said areas under wind signal #2 will experience heavy to at times torrential rains
while those under Signal #1 will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains including Metro Manila, Aurora, the rest of CALABARZON, and Western Visayas.
Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.
According to PAGASA, STS Jolina may make landfall or pass near the Marinduque-Southern Quezon area tomorrow morning. It is expected to traverse over Tayabas Bay and will make another landfall over the southwestern portion of Quezon by tomorrow afternoon.
Throughout the remainder of tomorrow and into Thursday morning, the tropical cyclone is forecast to traverse CALABARZON (roughly south of Metro Manila) and Central Luzon before exiting the landmass.
It is seen to downgrade to tropical storm category as it heads over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday.