Four areas remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 on Tuesday as Typhoon Jolina continued to move west northwestward over Samar Sea toward Masbate.
In its 8 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Jolina — which made its fourth landfall at Almagro, Samar at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday — is seen to make another landfall in the vicinity of Masbate within 12 hours.
“Beyond the next 12 hours, ‘JOLINA’ will move northwestward towards Burias Island and the vicinity of Ragay Gulf before making another landfall in the vicinity of southeastern Quezon tonight or tomorrow early morning,” it added.
Jolina first made landfall in the vicinity of Hernani, Eastern Samar at 10 p.m. on Monday. After that, it made landfalls at Daram and Sto Niño, both in Samar.
Jolina is expected to weaken into severe tropical storm due to “prolonged interaction with land,” PAGASA said.
PAGASA said TCWS No. 3 was hoisted over the following areas:
TCWS No. 2, meanwhile, was raised over the following areas:
Under TCWS No. 1 are:
Destructive typhoon-force winds are likely to occur in areas under TCWS No. 3 and damaging gale-force to storm-force winds are likely to occur in areas under TCWS No. 2.
Meanwhile, strong winds with occasional gusts will be experienced in areas under TCWS No. 1, PAGASA said.
As of 7 a.m., the center of Jolina’s eye was estimated based on all available data over the coastal waters of Almagro, Samar (12.0°N, 124.3°E) packing maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 150 km/h, and central pressure of 990 hPa.
No major damage has so far been reported, but the province of Eastern Samar has had a power outage, Governor Ben Evardone said on Dobol B TV on Tuesday.
However, they are currently conducting a rapid assessment with emergency teams and personnel from the local government unit.
The governor said Hernani, Eastern Samar Mayor Amado Candido told him a highway was rendered unpassable and some structures with light materials were damaged.
Evardone said they already advised fishermen not to venture out into the sea on Monday in anticipation of the strong waves caused by the typhoon.
PAGASA said by Wednesday afternoon, Jolina will briefly emerge over Lopez Bay before making yet another landfall in the vicinity of northern Quezon.
Throughout the remainder of Wednesday and into Thursday morning, Jolina is forecast to cross Central Luzon, roughly to the east and north of Metro Manila.
Jolina is forecast to emerge over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday.
“Re-intensification is forecast to occur beginning on Thursday afternoon as the tropical cyclone moves west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea towards the southern China-northern Vietnam area,” PAGASA said. —KBK, GMA News
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