Typhoon 'Jolina' rapidly intensifies, makes landfall over Eastern Samar -- PAGASA


After rapidly intensifying into a typhoon, "Jolina" (international name "Conson") made landfall over Hernani, Eastern Samar at around 10 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Jolina was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph while moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

As of 11 p.m., Monday, tropical cyclone wind signal number 3 has been hoisted over the southern portions of Eastern Samar and Samar.

Signal No. 2 was also raised over Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Islands, Burias Islands, Northern Samar, the rest of Samar and Eastern Samar, Biliran, and northern portion of Leyte.

Areas under Signal No. 1 were the southern portion of QUezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Romblon, Marinduque, the rest of Leyte, Southern Leyte, northern portion of Cebu, Babuyan and Camotes Islands, Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands.

PAGASA advised those in Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Sorsogon to take precautions against possible heavy to intense with at times torrential rains in the next 24 hours.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may also prevail over the rest of Eastern Visayas and Bicol region.

"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.

Likewise, destructive typhoon-force winds may occur in areas under Signal No. 3.

Jolina may also bring strong to gale-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2 and strong winds with occasional gusts in areas under Signal No. 1.

After its landfall over Eastern Samar, typhoon Jolina may traverse Samar provinces and Bicol region within 36 hours before it will emerge over the waters off the northern coast of Camarines Norte.

Afterward, PAGASA said the typhoon will likely turn west-northwestward by Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, while traversing the Polillo Islands for another landfall in the vicinity of northern Quezon province or southern Aurora.

By Thursday morning, Sept. 9, Jolina will be already over the West Philippine Sea, west of Central Luzon.