Signal #3 lifted as ‘Jolina’ weakens to severe tropical storm

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021   •   164

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has lifted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) No.3  as ‘Jolina’ weakened into a severe tropical storm.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 p.m. bulletin on Tuesday (September 7), the weather system was was estimated 60 km west northwest of Masbate City, Masbate or 90 km east of Romblon, Romblon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

It is now moving over the Sibuyan Sea.

Given this development, wind signal #2 remains over the following areas:

Luzon
The central and southern portions of Quezon, the southern portion of Rizal, Laguna, the southeastern portion of Batangas, the northeastern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Sorsogon, the western portion of Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, the western and southern portion of Camarines Sur, and the western portion of Camarines Norte.

These areas may experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, signal #1 is up in the following areas:

Luzon
The southern portion of Aurora, the southern portion of Quirino, the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Cavite, the rest of Batangas, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island,the rest of Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and the rest of Albay

Visayas
The northwestern portion of Samar, Biliran, the northwestern portion of Leyte, the northern portion of Cebu, the northern portion of Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, the northern portion of Iloilo, and the northwestern portion of Antique.

These areas will experience strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours.

PAGASA said areas under wind signal #2 will experience heavy to at times torrential rains
while those under Signal #1 will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains including Metro Manila, Aurora, the rest of CALABARZON, and Western Visayas.

Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.

According to PAGASA, STS Jolina may make landfall or pass near the Marinduque-Southern Quezon area tomorrow morning. It is expected to traverse over Tayabas Bay and will make another landfall over the southwestern portion of Quezon by tomorrow afternoon.

Throughout the remainder of tomorrow and into Thursday morning, the tropical cyclone is forecast to traverse CALABARZON (roughly south of Metro Manila) and Central Luzon before exiting the landmass.

It is seen to downgrade to tropical storm category as it heads over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday.

Signal nos. 1 and 2 still up in parts of Luzon as Maring nears exit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—  Tropical cyclone wind signals are still raised over parts of Luzon as severe tropical storm “Maring” is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

According to PAGASA, Maring was located 315 km West of Calayan, Cagayan and will continue to move westward over the West Philippine Sea. It has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province.

Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

TCWS No. 2  prevails in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Provinc
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours,  Maring is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island in China.

The state weather bureau continues to remind the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. AAC

 

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Maring to exit PAR as it continues to move over West Philippine Sea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday (October 12), according to PAGASA.

Based on the latest bulletin at 8:00 a.m., the center of STS Maring, with international name Kompasu, was estimated over 230 km West of Calayan, Cagayan. Its maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Outside the PAR, Maring will maintain a westward heading and is likely to make landfall in the vicinity of Hainan, China on Wednesday evening (October 13).

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province. Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 is in effect in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is in effect in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours, the storm is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island, PAGASA said. AAC

NAIA ops resume after lowering of lightning red alert to yellow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have resumed after PAGASA lowered the lightning red alert status to yellow.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), flight and ground activities at the NAIA reopened after the state weather bureau determined that thunderstorms no longer pose a threat to its operations.

PAGASA has categorized Maring into a severe tropical storm. According to its 2 p.m. bulletin, the weather disturbance continues to accelerate closer to the Babuyan Islands.

Based on current forecast STS Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 12). Outside the PAR, Maring will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island in China on Wednesday morning or afternoon (October 13). AAC

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