Kiko Strengthens as Jolina Drenches Luzon, Signal 2 in Metro Manila

Twin storms inside Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Photo/s: PAGASA

(UPDATE) Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) slightly intensified over the Philippine Sea as Jolina (Conson) weakened into a tropical storm and crossed the Philippines' main island, bringing heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas, authorities said.

At 4 p.m., Kiko was spotted 1,020 kilometers east of Central Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and 215 kph gusts.

READ: Kiko Joins Jolina, Makes Two Storms Inside Philippines

Kiko, the 11th storm of 2021, could bring heavy rains over Extreme Northern Luzon on Friday. Signal no. 4 (the second highest), could be hoisted over several provinces in Northern Luzon, before it makes landfall over China.

Jolina, was spotted over Manila Bay at 4 p.m. Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kph with gusts of 115 kph, making its eighth landfall over San Juan at 9 a.m, PAGASA said.

It will continue to move northwestward towards Bataan, where it is seen to make another landfall. 

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Jolina is expected to bring heavy to intense rains over Bataan, Cavite, and Mindoro provinces in the next 24 hours from  4 p.m. Wednesday.

It is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility either Thursday evening or Friday early morning, the weather bureau said.

Signal no. 2 (61-120 kph winds) was raised over:

  • Northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan), the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands
  • Central portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Pagbilao)
  • Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Southern portion of Bulacan (Pandi, Bulacan, Marilao, Calumpit, Norzagaray, Plaridel, Santa Maria, Balagtas, Bocaue, Bustos, City of Malolos, Angat, Obando, City of San Jose del Monte, Pulilan, City of Meycauayan, Hagonoy, Paombong, Guiguinto, San Rafael, Baliuag)
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • Zambales
  • Tarlac

This could inflict light to moderate damage to high-risk structures, while old, dilapidated structures or makeshift shanties may be damaged or unroofed.

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Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds) was raised over:

  • Marinduque
  • La Union
  • Southern portion of Benguet (Sablan, Tublay, Bokod, La Trinidad, Baguio City, Itogon, Tuba, Kapangan, Atok)
  • Southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Aritao, Santa Fe, Kayapa)
  • Southern portion of Aurora (Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Pangasinan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Rest of Bulacan
  • Northern and southern portions of Quezon (Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Atimonan, Plaridel, Pitogo, Macalelon, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, General Nakar) including Polillo Islands
  • Central portion of Oriental Mindoro (Naujan, Victoria, Socorro, Pola, Pinamalayan, Gloria, Bansud)
  • Central portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan)

This means possible light to medium damage to low risk structures, and slight damage to houses made of very light materials in exposed communities.

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