By Mario M. Banzon
TROPICAL Storm Jolina is expected to make landfall in the province of Aurora on Friday night, Aug. 25, the weather bureau said in a 5:00 p.m. advisory on its Web site.
The storm is expected to make landfall between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., PAGASA said in its advisory, adding that estimated rainfall is from moderate to heavy within the storm’s 300 km diameter.
The weather bureau said Jolina has maximum sustained winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph.
The storm is then expected to travel 65 km west-northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, by Saturday afternoon, before leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday afternoon.
Placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning System Number 2 (TCWS) are the provinces of Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, Abra, La Union, and Nueva Vizcaya. Coastal areas are also cautioned of a possible storm surge, with a wave height at open sea of 4.1 to 14 meters.
TCWS Number 1 is in effect in the provinces of Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Northern Quezon including Polilio island, and Camarines Norte.
Metro Manila is expected to experience monsoon rains until Saturday with moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest. Metro Cebu and the rest of Cebu province are expected to have light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Metro Davao is expected to have partly cloudy to at times cloudy rainshowers or thunderstorms on Saturday.