'Jolina' whips north Luzon; cyclone warning signals up in 17 areas


Posted at Aug 26 2017 05:47 AM

MANILA - Tropical storm Jolina hammered northern Luzon early Saturday after making landfall over Casiguran, Aurora, PAGASA said.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said the center of the tropical cyclone was last spotted near Aguinaldo in Ifugao province. It slightly weakened after making landfall.

"Jolina" is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph. 

The tropical storm is bringing moderate to heavy rainfall within its the 300 km diameter.

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 Norte
Ilocos Sur
La Union
Nueva Vizcaya

Meanwhile, tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 was hoisted over the following areas, where winds of 30 to 60 kph may be expected in the next 36 hours:

Babuyan group of islands
Nueva Ecija

PAGASA said monsoon rains are expected over the western parts of of central and southern Luzon, while light to moderate with possible occasionally heavy rains due to thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon. 

PAGASA warned residents to be wary of possible floods and landslides. 

The tropical storm is expected to exit Luzon Saturday morning and the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday night.

PAGASA also hoisted a yellow heavy rainfall warning over Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, and Bulacan at 5 a.m. Saturday. 

Floods are expected in the low-lying parts of the said areas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains are affecting Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac, and Quezon that may persist for 3 hours.

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