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‘Jolina’ gains pace, threatens Samar

Tropical depression “Jolina” intensified into a tropical storm on Monday afternoon.

‘JOLINA’. The low pressure area has developed into tropical depression ‘Jolina’which is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains in the next 24 hours over Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flash flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to areas identified in hazard maps, according to the weather bureau. 
At 4 p.m. yesterday, “Jolina” was estimated at 95 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar with 75 kph winds that could gust up to 90 kph.

It was moving west northwest at 20 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 2 was raised over Eastern Samar, the eastern portion of Northern Samar, and the northeastern portion of Samar.

Signal 1 was also raised in the eastern portion of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Biliran, the eastern portion of Leyte, the eastern portion of Southern Leyte, the rest of Samar, the rest of Northern Samar, Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands.

“Jolina” is forecast to make landfall over the north-central Luzon area by Thursday morning. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday morning.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Chris Perez said these areas will experience rains and strong winds.

PAGASA forecast moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands.

Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains may also be experienced over northern Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Isolated to scattered flash flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

"We are expecting 'Jolina' to be in the vicinity of San Mariano, Isabela, by Thursday. 'Jolina' may make landfall over the Isabela area," Perez said, adding that "Jolina" will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday.

Meanwhile, Perez said moderate to rough seas will continue to prevail over the eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao.

PAGASA maintained that mariners of small seacraft should take precautionary measures when venturing out to the sea.

Topics: tropical depression “Jolina” , Eastern Samar , PAGASA , Philippine Area of Responsibility
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