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Jolina causes power outage, cancellations of work and classes, road obstructions

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Typhoon Jolina (international name: Conson) caused power outage, work and class cancellations, and road obstructions after it made landfall over Eastern Samar on Monday night.

State weather bureau PAGASA said the typhoon first made landfall in the vicinity of Hernani, Eastern Samar at 10 p.m.

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The typhoon also made landfall over Daram town and the town of Sto Niño, both in Samar, PAGASA said early Tuesday.

Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone on Tuesday said the whole province experienced power outage since Monday.

“Kagabi pa lang wala nang kuryente… All province brownout,” he said in an interview on Dobol B TV.

(Power went out on Monday night. The whole province had a brownout.)

Evardone said he has ordered the cancellation of classes in all levels in both private and public schools as well as work in government offices except for those involved in the delivery of basic and health services and in disaster response.

It would be up to owners of private companies if they will suspend work for the day, he said.

Evardone said there were no major damage so far in Hernani after Jolina’s landfall, according to Hernani Mayor Amado Candido.

However, they are currently conducting a rapid assessment with emergency teams and personnel from the local government unit.

“Malakas sa sentro ng bagyo sa Hernani… Malakas ang ulan kaninang madaling araw,” Evardone said.

(The typhoon was strong in Hernani. Heavy rains poured before dawn.)

The governor said the Candido told him a highway was rendered unpassable and some structures with light materials were damaged.

Evardone said they already advised fishermen not to venture out into the sea on Monday in anticipation of the strong waves caused by the typhoon.

The provinces of Albay and Northern Samar also canceled classes for the day.

Some flights for Tuesday, September 7, were also canceled due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority said.

PAGASA placed four areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

These are:

  • the eastern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Palanas, Cataingan, Placer, Dimasalang, Uson, Cawayan, Esperanza, Mobo) including Ticao Island
  • the extreme western portion of Northern Samar (San Vicente, Capul, San Antonio, San Isidro)
  • the northern portion of Biliran (Kawayan, Culaba, Caibiran, Maripipi, Almeria)
  • the northern and central portions of Samar (City of Catbalogan, Tarangnan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Calbiga, Pinabacdao, Villareal, Talalora, Daram, Zumarraga, San Sebastian, Hinabangan, Pagsanghan, Santo Niño, Tagapul-An, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jorge, Calbayog City)

 

TCWS No. 2 was in effect over Albay and Sorsogon as well as nine other areas.

Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 was raised over 17 areas.

PAGASA said Jolina is forecast to move over the Samar Sea and pass over or close to the island municipalities of Samar and the northern coast of Biliran before making landfall in the vicinity of Masbate (mainland or Ticao Island). During this period, Jolina may weaken into a severe tropical storm.

Jolina may thereafter emerge over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday and re-intensify beginning on Thursday afternoon as the tropical cyclone moves west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea towards the southern China-northern Vietnam area. —KG, GMA News

Read more, click here: GMA News

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