MANILA – Southern Luzon may experience heavy rains and flooding as severe Tropical Storm Jolina (international name Coson) maintains its strength while moving northwest, a weather forecaster on Wednesday said.
“During heavy rains, we expect flooding, especially in low-lying areas. Landslides and flash floods are also possible,” said Chris Perez of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Jolina is forecast to cross the Batangas-Cavite area either Wednesday afternoon or evening, before heading towards “the mouth of Manila Bay”. Residents in areas along Jolina’s track must take precaution against possible flooding and landslides, Perez said.
Earlier, Jolina made landfall over San Juan, Batangas and it is expected to make another landfall in the vicinity of Bataan Peninsula.
Jolina maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph. It was last located in the vicinity of Rosario, Batangas.
PAGASA forecast heavy to intense, with at times torrential rains over Metro Manila, Bataan, Marinduque, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro.
Moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains will continue over Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Romblon, Marinduque, the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.
Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains are likely over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 remains hoisted over 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, and Infanta).
Also under Signal No. 2 are 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.
These areas will experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds.
On the other hand, TCWS No. 1 has been hoisted over 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 Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Occidental Mindoro.
Strong winds will be experienced in the areas.
No TCWS has been hoisted due to Typhoon Kiko, which was last tracked 1,120 kilometers east of Central Luzon.
PAGASA is also expecting heavy rains associated with “Kiko” to begin affecting the eastern section of Northern Luzon on Friday.
Jolina will continue to cause rough to very rough seas over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 2. Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over these waters.
Moderate to rough seas will continue to prevail over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1, and the remaining seaboards of Southern Luzon and the Visayas. PAGASA advised mariners of small seacraft to take precautionary measures when venturing out to the sea. (PNA)