'Jolina' intensifies, landfall expected tonight: PAGASA


Posted at Aug 25 2017 12:28 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2017 05:47 PM

Tropical storm "Jolina" is expected to further intensify before it makes landfall over Isabela-Aurora area Friday evening, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said the storm will make landfall over Isabela-Aurora area tonight between 8 to 10 p.m. and will cross northern Luzon.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the center of "Jolina" was estimated at 210 kilometers southeast of Casiguran, Aurora at 10 a.m.

"Marami po tayong ulan na mararanasan tonight, particularly sa may eastcoast ng central and northern Luzon and then by tomorrow, sa area naman ng western coast ng northern luzon," said weather specialist Nikos Victor Peñaranda.

"Jolina" is packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph.

It is forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal #2 is raised in the following areas, where winds of 61 to 120 kph may be expected in the next 24 hours:

- Isabela,
- Northern Aurora,
- Quirino,
- Kalinga,
- Mountain Province,
- Ifugao,
- Ilocos Sur,
- Benguet,
- Abra,
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya

PAGASA said the typhoon may cause light to moderate damage to infrastructure and agriculture due to strong winds.

"Land travel is risky as well. Bulubundukin yung lugar and meron mga forested areas dyan so maaring ma disrupt mga roads natin dyan and we are expecting landslides as well," PAGASA said.


Meanwhile, tropical cyclone warning signal #1 is up in the following areas, where winds of 30 to 60 kph may be expected in the next 36 hours:

- Cagayan including Babuyan group of islands, - Apayao,
- rest of Aurora,
- Ilocos Norte,
- Nueva Ecija,
- Pangasinan,
- Northern Quezon including Polillo island,
- Catanduanes,
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur

"Ang pinaka risky na area nung bagyo ay yung palibot nung mata. Ibig sabihin kahit wala pa po doon yung sentro ng bagyo ay may mararanasan na malalakas na ulan at hanging sa areas na yun," Peñaranda said.

Jolina is expected to exit the landmass of Luzon by Saturday morning and the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday evening or early morning Sunday.