‘Jolina’ maintains strength; classes, flights in some Luzon areas suspended
Tropical storm Jolina (international name: Pakhar) has maintained its strength on Friday, prompting the suspension of classes in northern and central parts of Luzon and cancellation of some flights.
In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Jolina continues to move towards Isabela and Aurora, and is expected to further intensify before making landfall on Friday night.
Jolina was last spotted at 7:00 a.m. 275 kilometers east of southeast of Casiguran, Aurora.
Under the Department of Education (DepEd) guidelines, classes from pre-school to high school are automatically suspended in areas under Signal No. 2, while only pre-school classes are suspended under Signal No. 1.
Signal No. 2 was raised over the following areas:
- northern Aurora
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Sur
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Cagayan including Babuyan group of islands
- La Union
- rest of Aurora
- Ilocos Norte
- Nueva Ecija
- Northern Luzon including Polillo Island
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
The Manila Internation Airport Authority (MIAA) has cancelled flights from Manila to Virac, Catanduanes and vice versa because of the bad weather.
August 25, 2017-Friday
Cancelled flights due to bad weather in Virac.
5J 821/ 822 MNL-VRC-MNL
5J- Cebu Pacific
— NAIA (@MIAAGovPH) August 24, 2017
Pagasa also warned of possible flashfloods and landslides in areas under signal numbers 1 and 2.
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