Tropical storm 'Jolina' exits PH landmass



After having multiple landfalls since Monday, Sept. 6, tropical storm "Jolina" (international name "Conson") has left the country's landmass on Wednesday evening, Sept. 8.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Jolina was already over the coastal waters of Zambales. It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph while northwest at 20 kph.

"On the forecast track, Jolina will move generally northwestward tonight (Sept. 8) through tomorrow (Sept. 9) over the West Philippine Sea," PAGASA said.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over the western portion of Tarlac, Zambales, and northern portion of Bataan.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 was still up in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, the rest of Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, the southern portion of Aurora, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, northern portion of Quezon, Cavite, western portion of Laguna, western portion of Batangas, and Lubang Islands

In the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may still affect Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Pangasinan, Cavite, and Batangas.

"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 reiterated.

"Winds reaching gale force in strength are likely to occur within any of the areas where Signal No. 2 is in effect. This may bring generally light to moderate damage to structures and vegetation," it said.

Moreover, strong winds with occasional gusts may be felt in areas under Signal No. 1.

PAGASA said Jolina will likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday evening, Sept. 9.