MANILA - Tropical Storm "Jolina" maintained its strength ahead of its expected landfall in Aurora province, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.
Jolina was packing maintained top sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 95 kph, PAGASA meteorologist Aldczar Aurelio said in a 5 p.m. briefing
The storm, Aurelio said, was last spotted 110 kilometers southeast of Casiguran, Aurora. It is expected to hit land between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 2 was raised in the following areas, where winds of 61 to 120 kph may be expected in the next 24 hours:
- Mountain Province,
- Ilocos Sur,
- La Union, and
- Nueva Vizcaya.
Meanwhile, tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 was 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,
- Ilocos Norte,
- Nueva Ecija,
- Northern Quezon including Polillo island,
- Catanduanes, and
- Camarines Norte.
PAGASA warned residents in areas with storm signals to be wary of possible floods and landslides.
The habagat meanwhile will also bring heavy rains that may inundate Southern Luzon, Metro Manila, and Western Visayas, said Aurelio.
Jolina is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility late Saturday if it continues moving west northwest at 19 kph.
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