TROPICAL STORM Jolina, the 10th typhoon to enter the country this year, brought strong winds and heavy rains over the central-eastern part of the country on Monday as it headed over mainland Luzon.

State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its 5 p.m. bulletin on Monday, said Jolina was located 95 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and moving northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 75 km per hour and gustiness of up to 90 km/h. Its tropical cyclone winds extend outwards up to 150 km from the center.

Storm signal #2 in a 5-level system was up in several parts of the Samar provinces. A lower signal #1 was up in southeastern portions of Luzon, parts of the Eastern Visayas Region, and the islands of Dinagat, Siargao, and Bucas Grande in Mindanao.

“In the next 24 hours, Tropical Storm Jolina may bring moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters) over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions,” PAGASA warned.

The tropical storm is forecasted to make landfall over the northern-central Luzon area by Thursday morning. However, PAGASA said a shift towards a more westward direction may move the landfall near Eastern or Northern Samar. — MSJ