The state weather bureau is keeping an eye on two tropical depressions, one of which is called “Jolina” and is expected to reach the Philippine Area of responsibility (PAR) over the next 24 to 36 hours.
Jolina is the country’s 10th tropical cyclone for 2021.
Tropical depression Jolina was recently located 300 kilometers (km) east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and is moving west southwest at 20 kilometers per hour (kph), according to Ariel Rojas, a weather specialist with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
“Nakikita natin si Jolina sa forecast track ay pahilagang kanluran ay kaniyang pagkikilos hanggang sa Biyernes—by Friday morning ay naka-landfall na ito diyan sa may Isabela kung saan ito ay hihina na bilang isang low pressure area,” he said.
The Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is raised over Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Bucas Grande in Surigao del Norte. Jolina will remain as a tropical depression until its potential landfall before it weakens into an LPA.
The eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao will be at moderate to rough conditions due to Jolina, PAGASA stated. The rest of the country will observe slightly moderate sea conditions.
“Doble ingat sa mga gusto maglayag diyan pero ‘wag na natin salubungin ang bagyo,” he said.
The LPA outside the PAR, which has also evolved into a tropical depression, is situated 1,400 kilometers east of Visayas and is heading north northwest at 15 kilometers per hour. It features maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 55 kilometers per hour.
It is possible to enter PAR in the next 24 to 36 hours, while the LPA at Batanes area already left PAR as of 4:00 am of Monday at 375 km West of Itbayat, Batanes.