Tropical Storm Jolina (Conson) made its ninth and final landfall in Mariveles, Bataan, at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 8, then started to cross the Bataan-Zambales area.
Jolina was last spotted in the vicinity of Mariveles, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its bulletin released past 8 pm.
The tropical storm accelerated a bit, moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour from the previous 10 km/h.
It maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.
Metro Manila is no longer under a rainfall warning as of 8 pm on Wednesday. Though several other regions in Luzon are still experiencing rain from Jolina, the situation has eased compared to earlier in the day.
Moderate to heavy rain is still expected in these areas:
- Nueva Ecija
- northern and central parts of Quezon
- Oriental Mindoro
- Occidental Mindoro
- Palawan including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands
Tropical cyclone wind signals for certain areas, including Metro Manila, have been downgraded as of 8 pm on Wednesday.
Signal No. 2 (damaging gale-force to storm-force winds)
- western part of Tarlac (Bamban, Capas, San Jose, Mayantoc)
- western part of Pampanga (Mabalacat City, Angeles City, Porac, Floridablanca, Lubao, Guagua, Santa Rita, Bacolor, San Fernando City, Minalin, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Santo Tomas)
- southwestern part of Bulacan (Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos City, Bulacan)
- western part of Cavite (Kawit, Bacoor City, Imus City, Noveleta, Rosario, Tanza, General Trias City, Naic, Maragondon, Ternate, Trece Martires City, Magallanes, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Dasmariñas City)
- northwestern part of Batangas (Nasugbu)
- Lubang Islands
Signal No. 1 (strong winds with occasional gusts)
- Metro Manila
- rest of Tarlac
- rest of Bulacan
- rest of Pampanga
- Nueva Ecija
- southern part of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis, Maria Aurora)
- northern and central parts of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio)
- rest of Batangas
- rest of Cavite
- northern part of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Santa Cruz)
- northern part of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Calapan City, Naujan)
But it remains dangerous to travel by sea.
Rough to very rough seas (waves 2.5 to 5.5 meters high)
Travel risky for all vessels, inexperienced mariners should seek safe harbor
- seaboards of areas under Signal No. 2
Moderate to rough seas (waves 1.2 to 2.8 meters high)
Small vessels must take precautionary measures, inexperienced mariners should avoid navigation
- seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1
- remaining seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas
These were Jolina’s nine landfalls in the Philippines:
Monday, September 6 (as a typhoon)
- Hernani, Eastern Samar – 10 pm
Tuesday, September 7 (as a typhoon)
- Daram, Samar – 2 am
- Santo Niño, Samar – 3:40 am
- Almagro, Samar – 6:30 am
- Tagapul-an, Samar – 7:50 am
- Dimasalang, Masbate – 10 am
Wednesday, September 8 (as a severe tropical storm)
- Torrijos, Marinduque – 12:50 am
- San Juan, Batangas – 9 am
Wednesday, September 8 (as a tropical storm)
- Mariveles, Bataan – 5:30 pm
After crossing the Bataan-Zambales area, Jolina could emerge over the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.
It could strengthen again beginning Thursday afternoon as it heads for the southern China-northern Vietnam area.
Jolina is seen to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday evening or early Friday morning, September 10. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Meanwhile, Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) was located 1,020 kilometers east of Central Luzon late Wednesday afternoon, not yet affecting the country.
PAGASA will issue its next bulletin on Kiko at 11 pm on Wednesday.
Jolina and Kiko are the Philippines’ 10th and 11th tropical cyclones for 2021.
An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021)
For the next six months, these are PAGASA’s estimates for the number of tropical cyclones inside PAR:
- September – 2 or 3
- October – 2 or 3
- November – 2 or 3
- December – 1 or 2
- January – 0 or 1
- February – 0 or 1