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‘Jolina’ weakens into tropical storm

MANILA – Weather disturbance “Jolina” further weakened into a tropical storm category as it heads towards Bataan, the weather bureau said in its 5 p.m. bulletin on Wednesday.

“Jolina” now packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It was last seen over the Manila Bay, or 135 km south of Sangley Point, Cavite.

Heavy to intense rains were forecast to continue over Bataan, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro.

Likewise, moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains will prevail over the rest of Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains are still likely over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are highly likely, especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds will be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2: northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan), the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands, the central portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Pagbilao), Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Manila, the southern portion of Bulacan (Pandi, Bulacan, Marilao, Calumpit, Norzagaray, Plaridel, Santa Maria, Balagtas, Bocaue, Bustos, City of Malolos, Angat, Obando, City of San Jose del Monte, Pulilan, City of Meycauayan, Hagonoy, Paombong, Guiguinto, San Rafael, Baliuag), Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, and Tarlac.

Meanwhile, strong winds will prevail in areas under TCWS No. 1: Marinduque, La Union, the southern portion of Benguet (Sablan, Tublay, Bokod, La Trinidad, Baguio City, Itogon, Tuba, Kapangan, Atok), the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Aritao, Santa Fe, Kayapa), the southern portion of Aurora (Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan), Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bulacan, the northern and southern portions of Quezon (Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Atimonan, Plaridel, Pitogo, Macalelon, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, General Nakar) including Polillo Islands, the central portion of Oriental Mindoro (Naujan, Victoria, Socorro, Pola, Pinamalayan, Gloria, Bansud), and the central portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan).

“Jolina” will continue to cause rough to very rough seas over the seaboards of areas where under TCWS No. 2. Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over these waters.

Moderate to rough seas will also continue to prevail over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1, and the remaining seaboards of Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Kiko further intensified and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

PAGASA, however, anticipates that heavy rains associated with “Kiko” will affect the eastern section of northern Luzon starting on Friday.

“Kiko” was last tracked 1,020 km. east of Central Luzon. (PNA)

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