(07 September 2021)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) urges the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures as Typhoon JOLINA brings heavy rainfall and destructive winds to areas of Luzon and Visayas.

In a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting this morning, regional DRRMCs are reminded to continue monitoring weather updates and implement preparedness measures based on the prescribed protocols of the NDRRMC.

As of 7:00A.M today, TY JOLINA was spotted over the coastal waters of Almagro, Samar with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving west northwestward at 15 km/h.

In its 8:00A.M bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), TY JOLINA is forecast to bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Sorsogon, Albay, Romblon, and Masbate and moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over the southern portion of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of Bicol Region and Visayas in the next 24 hours.

Affected populations are reminded to brace for destructive typhoon-force winds, flooding, possible landslides in highly susceptible areas due to continuous rainfall that will cause ground saturation, and rough seas over the seaboards of areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are in effect.

The public is also advised to monitor weather updates, take precautionary measures, heed evacuation notices issued by their LGUs and follow warnings and advisories alongside the observance of minimum health standards for protection against COVID-19. The NDRRMC continuously monitors the situation and coordinates with its member agencies and RDRRMCs for further actions and provision of possible assistance needed of the affected regions.