MANILA, Philippines – Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #2 has been hoisted over parts of Samar after tropical cyclone Jolina intensified into a tropical storm, according to the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 4:00 p.m., Monday afternoon (September 6), TS Jolina was last spotted 95 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
It is moving west northwestward over the Philippine Sea.
Given this development, Signal #2 is now in effect over the following areas:
-The eastern portion of Northern Samar
-The northeastern portion of Samar
Said areas may experience winds up to 61 to 120km/h and damaging gale-force winds will prevail within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Signal #1 is up over the following areas:
-The eastern portion of Camarines Sur
-The eastern portion of Leyte
-The eastern portion of Southern Leyte
-The rest of Samar, and the rest of Northern Samar
-Bucas Grande Islands
Said areas will experience up to 30 to 60 km/h strong winds that will prevail within 36 hours.
TS Jolina is expected to make landfall over the Northern-Central Luzon area by Thursday morning (September 9).
It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility By Friday morning (September 10).
Given the uncertainty of the track forecast, a westward shift of the track may result in landfall or passing near the Eastern Samar or Northern Samar.
The public is advised to take precautionary measures especially in areas with TCWS in effect and continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding weather updates.