SEVERAL areas on Samar Island were placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) 2 after “Jolina” intensified into a severe tropical storm at 5 p.m. Monday, September 6, 2021.

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said it has not ruled out the possibility that this storm will further intensify into a typhoon by Saturday, September 11.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, “Jolina” was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gustiness of up to 115 km/h, and central pressure of 994 hectoPascals (hPa).

It was spotted around 30 kilometers east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and was still moving west northwestward at 15 km/h, Pagasa said in its 8 p.m. bulletin.

The storm was forecast to hit land somewhere in Eastern Samar and Northern Samar Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.

A second landfall is possible over Catanduanes Tuesday afternoon, September 7, and a third over the eastern section of Central Luzon by Thursday morning, September 9.

TCWS No. 2 is up over:
  • Eastern Samar;
  • Eastern portion of Northern Samar (Pambujan, Las Navas, Catubig, Laoang, Palapag, Mapanas, Gamay, Lapinig, San Roque, Mondragon, Silvino Lobos, Catarman, Lope de Vega); and
  • Northeastern portion of Samar (Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan, Paranas, Hinabangan, Motiong)

These areas may expect damaging gale-force winds of 61 to 120 km/h in 24 hours.

Sea travel is risky for small seacraft and mariners without proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor as the storm will likely cause rough to very rough seas (2.6 to 4.5 meters) in these areas.

TCWS No. 1 has been hoisted over:
  • Sorsogon, Albay, Ticao Island, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and the southeastern portion of Camarines Norte (San Vicente, Talisay, Daet, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, Mercedes);
  • Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, the rest Samar, and the rest of Northern Samar; and
  • Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands

These areas will experience strong winds of 30 to 60 km/h with occasional gusts within 36 hours. The seas will be moderate to rough (1.2 to 2.8 m) in these areas as well as in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

The storm’s strong winds are projected to extend outwards up to 150 km from the center, Pagasa said.

The weather bureau said moderate to heavy, and at times intense, rains may be experienced in the next 24 hours in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Sorsogon.

There will be moderate to heavy rains over the rest of Visayas and Bicol Region.

Flashfloods and landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)