TYPHOON UPDATE: Jolina out by Thursday, Kiko going stronger

 The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday that Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) was gaining strength as Jolina (Conson) was moving over the Tayabas Bay-Verde Island passage area before dawn on Wednesday, September 8.

Jolina could emerge over the West Philippine Sea out of the country’s area of responsibllity on Thursday morning, September 9. 

“Kiko” (international name: Chanthu) is now a typhoon, according to PAGASA.

In its 11 p.m. update onWednesday the state weather bureau said “Kiko” was last spotted 1,300 kilometers east of Central Luzon – packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Kiko entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 5:30 p.m., the agency said.

Heavy rains due to “Kiko” may affect extreme Northern Luzon on Friday. Authorities are advised to continue monitoring for updates and take precautionary measures.

Jolina, meanwhile, could cross the Batangas-Cavite area afterwards and emerge over Manila Bay on Wednesday evening.

Then it could make yet another landfall in Bataan. As it crosses mainland Luzon, Jolina may also weaken into a tropical storm.

So far, Jolina has made landfall seven times – the first six as a typhoon and the seventh as a severe tropical storm.

Jolina could emerge over the West Philippine Sea on Thursday morning, September 9. It may regain strength beginning Thursday afternoon as it heads for the southern China-northern Vietnam area.

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