MANILA (UPDATE)—Tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) were lifted in some areas in the Philippines, as severe tropical storm Jolina continued to move over Sibuyan Sea, the state weather bureau said Tuesday night.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Jolina was last located 50 km north northeast of Romblon town, Romblon packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center with 125 kph gusts while moving west-northwestward at 15kph.
PAGASA maintained TCWS No. 2 over the following areas due to likely damaging gale-force winds brought by the storm:
- Northwestern portion of Masbate (Aroroy) including Burias Island
- Western section of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Lupi, Ragay, Libmanan, Sipocot, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona, Gainza, Camaligan, Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, Naga City, Pili, Iriga City, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Bula, Nabua, Baao, Balatan, Bato, Ocampo)
- Northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro (Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan)
- Northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan) including Lubang Islands
- Quezon including Polillo Islands
- Metro Manila
- Southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Antonio, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)
TCWS No.1 is also still in the following areas due to expected strong winds:
- La Union
- Southern portion of Benguet (Sablan, Tublay, Bokod, La Trinidad, Baguio City, Itogon, Tuba, Kapangan, Atok)
- Southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Aritao, Santa Fe, Kayapa)
- Southern portion of Quirino (Nagtipunan)
- Southern portion of Aurora (Dipaculao, Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan)
- Nueva Ecija
- Rest of Zambales
- Camarines Norte
- Rest of Camarines Sur
- Southwestern and central portions of Masbate (Mandaon, Baleno, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Balud, City of Masbate, and Mobo) including Ticao Island
- Rest of Oriental Mindoro
- Rest of Occidental Mindoro
- Northwestern portion of Antique (Caluya)
- Northeastern portion of Iloilo (San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Carles, Balasan, Sara)
Jolina is expected to make landfall, or pass very close to, in the vicinity of Marinduque on Wednesday morning before moving over the Tayabas Bay, then make another landfall in the vicinity of southwestern Quezon or eastern Batangas Wednesday noon.
"However, due to the recent southwestward trend in the shift of track forecasts, the possibility of landfall in the vicinity of northern Oriental Mindoro is not ruled out at this time," PAGASA said.
Jolina is also projected to cross the Batangas-Cavite area between Wednesday noon and night before emerging over Manila Bay and making another landfall in the vicinity of Bataan Peninsula.
"Frictional effects during its traverse of mainland Luzon will weaken Jolina down to tropical storm category," the agency said.
The storm is projected to emerge over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday.
PAGASA said that throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning, Jolina is expected to traverse Calabarzon (roughly south of Metro Manila) and Central Luzon before exiting the landmass.
"Frictional effects during its traverse of Luzon landmass will weaken Jolina down to tropical storm category," it said.
Jolina will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday morning, according to PAGASA.
Before its departure, the agency forecasted the weather disturbance will bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over the following areas in the next 24 hours:
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will also be experienced in:
- Metro Manila
- Oriental Mindoro
- Occidental Mindoro
- Northern Palawan
- Rest of Bicol Region
- Western Visayas
PAGASA warned scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides may occur in affected areas.
Check the ABS-CBN Weather Center for more updates.