'Jolina' makes 8th landfall in San Juan, Batangas

Track of Severe Tropical Storm Jolina (Source: Pagasa)
Track of Severe Tropical Storm Jolina (Source: Pagasa)

SEVERE Tropical Storm "Jolina" (Conson) made its eighth landfall in San Juan, Batangas at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 8.

It hit land while maintaining its strength of 95 kilometers per hour (km/h) of wind near the center, gusts of up to 130 km/h, and central pressure of 998 hPa while moving northwest over Batangas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the center of Jolina was located in the vicinity of Rosario, Batangas and it was moving northwest at 10 km/h.

Pagasa said strong winds or higher extend outwards up to 180 kilometers from the center of Jolina.

Areas placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) are the following:

TCWS NUMBER 2 (Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours)

* Marinduque, the northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro (Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan), the northern and central portions of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz, Sablayan) including Lubang Islands, the central and southern portions of Quezon (General Luna, Macalelon, Sampaloc, Unisan, Pagbilao, Sariaya, Alabat, Pitogo, City of Tayabas, Padre Burgos, Lucban, Gumaca, Agdangan, Plaridel, San Antonio, Candelaria, Atimonan, Quezon, Tiaong, Mauban, Perez, Lucena City, Dolores, Real, Infanta), 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

TCWS NUMBER 1 (Strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours)

* 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 rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, the western portion of Camarines Sur (Ragay, Del Gallego, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Libmanan, Pasacao, Pamplona), the western portion of Romblon (Odiongan, Romblon, Banton, Santa Maria, Concepcion, San Andres, San Jose, Looc, Ferrol, Alcantara, San Agustin, Calatrava, Corcuera, Santa Fe), the rest of Orietal Mindoro, and the rest of Occidental Mindoro

Pagasa said that based on Jolina's track, the severe tropical storm will cross the Batangas-Cavite area before emerging over the mouth of Manila Bay Wednesday afternoon or evening.

"This will be followed by another landfall in the vicinity of Bataan Peninsula. Frictional effects during its traverse of mainland Luzon will weaken Jolina down to tropical storm category," said Pagasa.

Jolina has so far made landfalls in these areas:

1. Hernani, Eastern Samar - 10 p.m., September 6

2. Daram, Samar - 2 a.m., September 7

3. Santo Niño, Samar - 3:40 a.m., September 7

4. Almagro, Samar - 6:30 a.m., September 7

5. Tagapul-an, Samar - 7:50 a.m., September 7

6. Dimasalang, Masbate - 10 a.m., September 7

7. Torrijos, Marinduque - 12:50 a.m., September 8

8. San Juan, Batangas - 9 a.m., September 8

Jolina was also forecast to emerge over the West Philippine Sea Wednesday night or early morning Thursday, September 9.

"Re-intensification is forecast to occur beginning tomorrow afternoon as the tropical cyclone moves generally west northwestward then westward over the West Philippine Sea towards the southern China-northern Vietnam area," Pagasa said.

Jolina was forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday evening, or early morning Friday, September 10. (LMY)


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