'Jolina' moves closer to Marinduque-Banton Island area -- PAGASA


Severe tropical storm "Jolina" (international name "Conson") continues to move west-northwest over the Sibuyan Sea as it heads for the Marinduque-Banton Island area, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin issued on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

As of 10 p.m, the center of the severe tropical storm was located 50 kilometers (km) north-northeast of Romblon, Romblon.

It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph while moving northwest at 15 kph.

More landfalls expected

PAGASA said Jolina may make landfall or pass very close to Marinduque on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8.

Afterward, the storm will move over the Tayabas Bay then make another landfall in the vicinity of southwestern Quezon or eastern Batangas by Wednesday noon.

"However, due to the recent southwestward trend in the shift of track forecasts, the possibility of landfall in the vicinity of northern Oriental Mindoro is not ruled out at this time," PAGASA said.

Jolina is seen to cross the Batangas-Cavite area between Wednesday noon and evening before emerging over Manila Bay and make another landfall in the vicinity of the Bataan Peninsula.

Signal numbers 2 and 1 still up

Tropical cyclone wind signals remain in effect on Tuesday evening as Jolina moves closer to Southern and Central Luzon.

Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Metro Manila, Romblon, northwestern portion of Masbate including Burias Island, Marinduque, western section of Camarines Sur, northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro, northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, Quezon including Polillo Islands, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, and southern portion of Zambales.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 was raised over La Union, southern portion of Benguet, southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, southern portion of Quirino, southern portion of Aurora, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Zambales, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, southwestern and central portions of Masbate including Ticao Island, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, northwestern portion of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, and northeastern portion of Iloilo.

Stormy weather in next 24 hours

Heavy to intense with at times torrential rains will be experienced over Masbate, Romblon, Marinduque, Quezon, Batangas, and Laguna.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are also likely over Metro Manila, Aurora, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan, the rest of Bicol Region, 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," PAGASA warned.

"Frictional effects" while crossing the Luzon landmass will likely lead to the weakening of Jolina into a tropical storm, it added.

"Jolina is forecast to emerge over the West Philippine Sea on Thursday morning (Sept. 9). Re-intensification is forecast to occur beginning on Thursday afternoon as the tropical cyclone moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea towards the southern China-northern Vietnam area.

It will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday, Sept. 10.