Storm 'Jolina' to exit PH landmass in next several hours -- PAGASA



The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical storm "Jolina" (international name "Conson") will continue to traverse Bataan and Zambales before emerging over the West Philippine Sea between Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, and early Thursday morning, Sept. 9.

PAGASA said the center of the storm was already over Mariveles, Bataan at around 7 p.m., Wednesday.

In its 8 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that Jolina has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over the western portion of Tarlac, Zambales, western portion of Pampanga, southwestern portion of Bulacan, western portion of Cavite, Bataan, northwestern portion of Batangas, and Lubang Islands.

Meanwhile, Signal No. is still up in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, the rest of Tarlac, the rest of Bulacan, the rest of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, southern portion of Aurora, northern and central portions of Quezon, the rest of Batangas, the rest of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, northern portion of Occidental Mindoro, and northern portion of Oriental Mindoro.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains may persist over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, northern and central portions of Quezon, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands.

PAGASA reiterated that scattered to widespread flooding including flash floods and rain-induced landslides remain likely especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

It also warned of damaging gale-force to storm-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2 and strong winds with occasional gusts in areas under Signal No. 1.

Moreover, coastal flooding may occur in areas under signals 2 and 1.

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

Jolina will likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility between Thursday evening and early Friday morning, Sept. 10.