Tropical storm 'Jolina' exits the Philippines


Posted at Aug 26 2017 08:31 PM

Track of tropical storm "Jolina." Photo courtesy of PAGASA Facebook page

Tropical storm "Jolina" has left the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 7 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said "Jolina" is now outside the country, but cloudy skies and rains due to thunderstorms may prevail over some parts of Luzon.

Light to to moderate with possible occasionally heavy rains due to thunderstorms may be experienced in the Ilocos region and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan, and Metro Manila.

Jolina was last spotted 330 kilometers west-northwest of Laoag City, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph. It is forecasted to move northwest at 24 kph.

All storm warning signals in northern Philippines were lifted at 4 p.m. as the tropical storm moved out of the country and headed for China, PAGASA said.

"Iyong sentro ng bagyo malapit na sa PAR (Philippine area of responsibility) line kaya mamayang hapon, inaasahan na lalabas na ito sa PAR," state meteorologist Aldczar Aurelio said during a previous weather briefing.

"Starting bukas ay maganda na ang panahon sa buong bansa. Ligtas pumalaot ang ating mga kababayan sa buong bansa," Aurelio said.

No injuries or deaths have been reported, but close to 200 people in the Cordillera region have been reported affected.