Parts of Eastern Samar, Samar under Signal No. 3
MANILA (UPDATE) —Weather disturbance Jolina (International name: Conson) intensified into a typhoon as it made its first landfall over Eastern Samar Monday night.
State weather bureau PAGASA said Jolina made landfall over the vicinity of Hernani town at 10 p.m.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Jolina was last located in the vicinity of Llorente, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustain winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 165 kph.
It is moving west northwestward at 20 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 has been raised over the following areas due to destructive typhoon-force winds prevailing or expected within 18 hours:
- southern portion of Eastern Samar (Guiuan, Mercedes, Salcedo, Hernani, General Macarthur. Quinapondan, Giporlos, Balangiga, Llorente, Balangkayan, Maydolong, City of Borongan, Lawaan)
- southern portion of Samar (Calbiga, San Sebastian, Hinabangan, Motiong, Jiabong, City of Catbalogan, Zumarraga, Daram, Villareal, Talalora, Pinabacdao, Santa Rita, Basey, Marabut, Paranas)
PAGASA also raised Signal No. 2 over the following areas due to likely damaging gale-force to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours:
- Northern Samar
- the rest of Samar
- the rest of Eastern Samar
- northern portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Leyte, Capoocan, Kananga, Jaro, Pastrana, Dagami, Tabontabon, Dulag, Tolosa, Julita, Tanauan, Palo, Santa Fe, Alangalang, Carigara, Tunga, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tacloban City)
- Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands
Signal No. 1, meanwhile, is hoisted in the following areas due to expected strong winds:
- southern portion of Quezon (Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Mulanay, Catanauan, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez)
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
- rest of Leyte
- Southern Leyte
- northern portion of Cebu (Borbon, San Remigio, Tabogon, City of Bogo, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Santa Fe) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- Dinagat Islands
- Siargao Islands
- Bucas Grande Islands
According to PAGASA, Jolina will move west northwestward or northwestward in the next 36 hours and may cross the vicinity of Samar provinces and Bicol region before emerging over the waters off the northern coast of Camarines Norte.
It will then turn west northwestward on Wednesday evening while crossing the Polillo Islands and make another landfall in the vicinity of northern Quezon or southern Aurora.
Jolina is expected to remain a typhoon over the next 12 hours, but its interaction with the landmass of Samar and Bicol may weaken it into a severe tropical storm.
PAGASA said re-intensification is also possible once it moves over the West Philippine Sea.
Jolina could bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Samar, Eastern Samar, Norther Samar and Sorsogon, while moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may also prevail over Visayas and the rest of the Bicol region.
Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flash flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, PAGASA warned.
The agency also said Jolina could bring rough to very rough seas over the areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 3.
PAGASA likewise said there is a moderate to high-risk of life threatening coastal inundation due to storm surge of up to 1 meter over the coastal localities of Eastern Samar.