Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 remained hoisted over four areas in Luzon as Typhoon Kiko moved west-northwest over the Philippine Sea east of Aurora, PAGASA said Thursday afternoon.
n its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said the center of the eye of Kiko was located 550 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 195 km per hour near the center, gustiness of up to 240 kph, and central pressure of 930 hPa. It is moving west northwestward at 20 kph.
The following is under TCWS No. 1:
Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
the northeastern portion of Apayao (Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Santa Marcela)
the northeastern portion of Isabela (Santa Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan)
PAGASA said starting from Friday afternoon, heavy to intense with, at times, torrential rains due to the typhoon may be experienced over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Batanes, and northern Isabela, while moderate to heavy with, at times, intense rains may be experienced over the rest of Isabela.
“Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” PAGASA said.
PAGASA also said winds reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength with occasional gusts will be experienced within the areas under TCWS No. 1.
This may result in up to very light damage to structures and vegetation. However, it must be noted that as the typhoon progresses toward extreme northern Luzon, higher wind signals will be hoisted in some localities within northern Luzon.
Due to the strength of Kiko, PAGASA said coastal inundation associated with high waves near the coast and storm surge of up to 2.0 meters may affect several coastal municipalities in Northern Luzon.
Further, in the next 24 hours, moderate to very rough seas (1.5 to 2.8 m) initially and becoming rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 5.0 m) will prevail over the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon, while moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) will be experienced over the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.
“Sea travel is risky for most sea vessels over these waters. Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor,” PAGASA warned.
Tropical Storm Jolina, meanwhile, accelerates as it moves westward over WPS
PAGASA said Jolina accelerated as it moved westward over the West Philippine Sea.
As of 4 p.m., Jolina was located 410 km west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center, gustiness of up to 105 kph, and central pressure of 996 hPa. It is moving westward at 30 kph.
In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said Jolina will bring light to moderate with, at times, heavy rains over Palawan, Western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula.
PAGASA added that Jolina and the enhanced southwest monsoon will bring rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m) over Palawan, while moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.1 m) will prevail over the remaining western seaboards of Luzon.
Jolina is forecast to continue moving generally westward over the West Philippine Sea and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday afternoon or evening. -MDM, GMA News