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Tropical Storm Jolina moving away from Zambales

Acor Arceo
Tropical Storm Jolina moving away from Zambales

TROPICAL CYCLONES. Satellite image of Tropical Storm Jolina (Conson) and Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) as of September 9, 2021, 2 am.

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Tropical Storm Jolina (Conson) is 75 kilometers west northwest of Iba, Zambales, early Thursday, September 9

Tropical Storm Jolina (Conson) continued to move away from Zambales in the early hours of Thursday, September 9, the same day it is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 2 am bulletin on Thursday that Jolina was already 75 kilometers west northwest of Iba, Zambales.

The tropical storm sped up further, now moving northwest at 30 kilometers per hour from the previous 20 km/h.

It still has maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

PAGASA warned that moderate to heavy rain persists in these four provinces even as Jolina is moving away from land:

  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Pangasinan

The rain may trigger isolated to scattered floods and landslides.

The list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals was further trimmed as of 2 am on Thursday.

Signal No. 2 (damaging gale-force winds)
  • central part of Zambales (San Antonio, Cabangan, San Felipe, Palauig, San Narciso, Iba, Botolan, Candelaria, Masinloc)
Signal No. 1 (strong winds with occasional gusts)
  • western part of Pangasinan (Anda, Malasiqui, Bolinao, Infanta, Aguilar, Calasiao, Basista, Urbiztondo, Sual, Mangaldan, Labrador, Alcala, Dasol, San Carlos City, Santa Barbara, Bayambang, Binmaley, Mapandan, Bugallon, Burgos, Mabini, Bautista, Agno, Dagupan City, Alaminos City, Bani, Lingayen, Santo Tomas, Mangatarem, Villasis)
  • western part of Pampanga (Porac, Magalang, Lubao, Bacolor, Floridablanca, Guagua, Angeles City, San Fernando City, Santa Rita, Mabalacat City, Sasmuan, Mexico)
  • Bataan
  • Tarlac
  • rest of Zambales

But PAGASA warned of possible “coastal inundation resulting from hazardous surf conditions” in several coastal areas of Zambales and Bataan.

The state weather bureau maintained its warning for sea trips, too.

Rough to very rough seas (waves 2.5 to 4.5 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
  • western seaboards of Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon

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

Jolina will maintain its northwest direction over the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, and finally leave PAR in the evening.

It is also expected to re-intensify into a severe tropical storm on Thursday, and into a typhoon on Friday, September 10. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

PROJECTED PATH. Forecast track of Tropical Storm Jolina (Conson) as of September 9, 2021, 2 am.
PAGASA

Meanwhile, Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) was located 895 kilometers east of Central Luzon late Wednesday evening, September 8.

PAGASA earlier said Kiko will already trigger moderate to rough seas in the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon as well as the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon on Thursday.

The typhoon is seen to pass very close to the northeastern part of Cagayan and cross the vicinity of Babuyan Islands between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, September 11.

PAGASA is also not ruling out the possibility of Kiko making landfall in mainland Cagayan, since its track has been shifting southward.

The state weather bureau’s next bulletin on the typhoon will be issued at 5 am on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Jolina moving away from Zambales

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:

2021
  • September – 2 or 3
  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 2 or 3
  • December – 1 or 2
2022
  • January – 0 or 1
  • February – 0 or 1

– Rappler.com

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