Tropical Depression Jolina has maintained its strength as it continues to move northwestward over the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Wednesday.
Weather Forecaster Manny Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m. Jolina was located at 390 km west of Subic, Zambales packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is expected to move northwest at 11 kph.
Mendoza said no storm warning signals have so far been raised and Jolina also is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country.
He also said Jolina is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday evening and will move towards Vietnam or Southern China.
However, he noted Jolina would enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Mendoza said residents in these areas are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures.
He added that the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Mendoza said the agency is monitoring a cloud cluster east of Mindanao that may develop into low pressure area in the coming days.
In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over Palawan and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be moderate to occasionally strong coming from the southwest to southeast with moderate to occasionally rough seas. PNA