PAGASA lifts wind signals in areas hit by ‘Jolina’, to exit PAR Thursday

The state weather bureau lifted on Thursday, Sept. 9, the tropical cyclone wind signals in areas recently affected by tropical storm “Jolina” (international name “Conson”) as it further moves away from the country.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the center of Jolina at 240 kilometers (km) West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan as of 10 a.m.

It still packed a maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, gustiness of up to 115 kph, while moving at a slower speed of 10 kph westward.

“No tropical cyclone wind signals in effect,” PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin.

In the next 24 hours, state meteorologists said light to moderate with at times heavy rains may be experienced over Palawan, Western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula.

On the forecast track, Jolina is expected to move generally west northwestward Thursday over the West Philippine Sea and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight.

Once it is outside the PAR, the storm is forecast to move generally westward towards the vicinity of Vietnam or Southern China.

But the agency noted that the weather disturbance is forecast to re-intensify and may reach severe tropical storm category Thursday, adding that it may reach typhoon category on Friday, Sept. 10.