'Jolina' maintains strength, Metro Manila under Signal No. 2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Severe Tropical Storm Jolina (international name: Conson) maintained its strength as it traverses the Sibuyan Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

The center of the storm was last seen 50 kilometers east of Romblon, Romblon with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph.

‘Jolina’ weakened into a severe tropical storm at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The state weather bureau said the storm made five landfalls - the latest in Dimasalang, Masbate.

PAGASA said "Jolina" is expected to make landfall in Marinduque Wednesday morning and the vicinity of southwestern Quezon or eastern Batangas at noon.

A landfall in the vicinity of northern Oriental Mindoro is also possible due to the storm's change in track, the agency added.

"Jolina" is forecast to further weaken into a tropical storm due to frictional effects as it traverses the Batangas-Cavite area Wednesday noon or evening.

It will then emerge in Manila Bay and is forecast to make another landfall in Bataan Peninsula, before entering the West Philippine Sea Thursday morning.

Metro Manila and nearby provinces are also under Signal No. 2, according to the latest PAGASA bulletin.

Signal No. 2 was hoisted over:

- Rizal

- Laguna

- Cavite

- Batangas

- Quezon including Polilio Islands

- northwestern portion of Masbate (Aroroy) including Burias Island

- Romblon

- Marinduque

- northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan)

- western section of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Lupi, Ragay, Libmanan, Sipocot, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona, Gainza, Camaligan, Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, Naga City, Pili, Iriga City, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Bula, Nabua, Baao, Balatan, Bato, Ocampo)

- northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro (Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan)

- southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Antonio, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)

"Damaging winds" will likely prevail in areas under Signal No. 2, according to PAGASA.

Meanwhile, the following were placed under Signal No. 1:

- La Union

- southern portion of Benguet (Sablan, Tublay, Bokod, La Trinidad, Baguio City, Itogon, Tuba, Kapangan, Atok)

- southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Aritao, Santa Fe, Kayapa)

- southern portion of Quirino (Nagtipunan)

- southern portion of Aurora (Dipaculao, Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan)

- Pangasinan

- Tarlac

- Nueva Ecija

- rest of Zambales

- Camarines Norte

- rest of Camarines Sur

- Albay

- Sorsogon

- southwestern and central portions of Masbate (Mandaon, Baleno, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Balud, City of Masbate, and Mobo) including Ticao Island

- rest of Oriental Mindoro

- rest of Occidental Mindoro

- northwestern portion of Antique (Caluya)

- Aklan

- Capiz

-  northeastern portion of Iloilo (San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Carles, Balasan, Sara)

PAGASA warned of strong winds in areas under the lowest alert level.

Aside from strong winds, 'Jolina' may bring moderate to intense with at times torrential rains in Masbate, Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines provinces, Southern Quezon, Romblon, and Marinduque. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may be experienced in the Mindoro provinces, and the rest of Calabarzon and the Visayas.

'Jolina' is forecast to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.