The newly formed Tropical Depression EIGHTEEN (locally known in the Philippines as "JOLINA"), is moving north-westwards over the Philippine Sea, towards the eastern coast of central Philippines. On 6 September at 0.00 UTC, its center was located about 180 km south-east of the south-eastern tip of Samar Island, with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h.
In the early morning of 7 September, EIGHTEEN is forecast to strengthen to a Tropical Storm, while moving northwards, along the coast eastern coast of Samar Island and the central-eastern Philippines.
A Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal 1 has been issued for central-eastern Philippines, including Sorsogon (Luzon), Samar (Visayas) and Bucas Grande Islands (Mindao). Moderate to heavy rain and strong winds are forecast over most of the central-eastern Philippines.