Signal No. 2 in 7 Areas As Jolina Becomes Tropical Storm

Signal no. 2 in 7 areas as Jolina becomes tropical storm
Isabela, northern Aurora, Quirino, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya are under signal no. 2 due to Jolina (Pakhar)

s Signal No. 2 in 7 Areas As Jolina Becomes Tropical Storm

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Jolina intensified into a tropical storm and slightly accelerated before dawn on Friday, August 25, as it moved closer toward the Northern Luzon-Central Luzon area.

In a bulletin issued 5 am on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Jolina now has maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

The tropical storm is already 300 kilometers east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora, moving west northwest at a slightly faster 19 km/h from the previous 17 km/h.

Signal number 2 is raised over the following areas:

Isabela
northern Aurora
Quirino
Kalinga
Mountain Province
Ifugao
Nueva Vizcaya
Signal number 1, meanwhile, is up in:

Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
Apayao
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Abra
La Union
Benguet
rest of Aurora
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
northern Quezon including Polillo Island
Catanduanes
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur

PAGASA said Jolina, which has the international name Pakhar, is expected to further intensify before making landfall in the Isabela-Aurora area on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rain is also expected in most parts of Luzon beginning Friday. Residents should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky in the seaboard of Northern Luzon and in the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.

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