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Jolina now a typhoon; Signal No. 3 up in Samar provinces

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Severe Tropical Storm Jolina intensified into a typhoon while Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 was hoisted over Samar areas, state weather bureau said Monday.

On Twitter, PAGASA announced that the typhoon has made a landfall in the vicinity of Hernani, Eastern Samar at 10 p.m.

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It also hoisted Signal No. 3 over southern portions of Eastern Samar and Samar provinces.

 

 

PAGASA last located Jolina at in at the vicinity of Llorente, Eastern Samar at 10 p.m. while moving west northwestward at 20 kilometers per hour.

The weather disturbance is packing sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 165 kph.

Specifically, Signal No. 3 was raised over:

  • The southern portion of Eastern Samar (Guiuan, Mercedes, Salcedo, Hernani, General Macarthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos, Balangiga, Llorente, Balangkayan, Maydolong, City of Borongan, Lawaan)
  • The southern portion of Samar (Calbiga, San Sebastian Hinabangan, Motiong, Jiabong, City of Catbalogan, Zumarraga, Daram, Villareal, Talalora, Pinabacdao, Santa Rita, Basey, Marabut, Paranas)

Under this storm signal, destructive typhoon-force winds are expected in the affected areas within 18 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 2 was hoisted over:

Luzon

  • Albay,
  • Sorsogon,
  • Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands

Visayas

 

  • Northern Samar
  • the rest of Samar
  • the rest of Eastern Samar, Biliran
  • Northern portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Leyte, Capoocan, Kananga, Jaro, Pastrana, Dagami, Tabontabon, Dulag, Tolosa, Julita, Tanauan, Palo, Santa Fe, Alangalang, Carigara, Tunga, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tacloban City)

Under Signal No. 2, damaging gale-force to storm force winds are expected within 24 hours.

Further, the state weather bureau hoisted Signal No. 1 over the following areas:

Luzon

  • The southern portion of Quezon (Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Mulanay, Catanauan, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez)
  • Camarines Norte,
  • Camarines Sur,
  • Catanduanes,
  • Romblon
  • Marinduque

Visayas

  • The rest of Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • northern portion of Cebu (Borbon, San Remigio, Tabogon, City of Bogo, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Santa Fe) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands

Mindanao

  • Dinagat Islands,
  • Siargao Islands,
  • Bucas Grande Islands

Metro Manila not affected

In an interview over dzBB, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the typhoon will not affect Metro Manila. But the metropolis will experience rains due to thunderstorms.

Jolina was also expected to bring heavy to intense, with at times torrential rain, over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Sorsogon.

Moderate to heavy rain could meanwhile be expected over the rest of the Visayas and Bicol Region.

Rough to very rough seas

PAGASA, likewise, warned small boats that sea voyages are risky at areas under Signal No. 2 and 3.

“In the next 24 hours, Typhoon ‘JOLINA’ will bring rough to very rough seas (2.6 to 4.5 m) over the seaboards of areas where TCWS #2 and #3 is in effect,” PAGASA said.

In Signal No. 1 areas and eastern seaboards of Mindanao, moderate to rough seas will be experienced.—LDF, GMA News

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