San Juan City suspends classes, food packs distribution due to 'Jolina'

The San Juan City local government announced on Wednesday that classes, as well as the distribution of food packs to its residents have been suspended as severe tropical storm "Jolina" continues to batter parts of Luzon and Visayas with heavy rains.

"Classes in all levels in both public and private schools in San Juan are hereby suspended today due to Typhoon Jolina. Metro Manila is currently under Signal No. 2 and internet connections used by students and teachers for online classes may be affected. Stay safe everyone," San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said in a Twitter post.

"The distribution of food packs today for Barangays West Crame, Greenhills, and Addition Hills will be rescheduled to a later date since Metro Manila is currently under Signal No. 2. Please stay safe everyone," he said in another Twitter post.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday, Sept. 8, warned of heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and parts of Bicol as severe tropical storm “Jolina” (international name “Conson”) moves towards Batangas or Oriental Mindoro.

The center of the severe tropical storm was over the coastal waters of Boac, Marinduque at around 4 a.m.

In the next 24 hours, Jolina may dump heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Metro Manila, Romblon, Marinduque, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro.

Signal number 2 remains hoisted over Metro Manila, northern portion of Romblon, Marinduque, northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro, northern and central portions of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, central and southern portions of Quezon, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, southern portion of Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, and Tarlac.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 was raised over La Union, southern portion of Benguet, southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, southern portion of Aurora, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bulacan, the rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, western portion of Camarines Sur, western portion of Albay, northwestern portion of Masbate including Burias Island, the rest of Romblon, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, northwestern portion of Antique, and northern portion of Aklan.

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

"Jolina" will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday morning, Sept. 10.