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‘Jenny’ now a typhoon

ALTHOUGH it is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines, Severe Tropical Storm “Jenny” [international name Dujuan] intensified into a typhoon Friday afternoon and is expected to further strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said no public storm warning signal raised because of Jenny which was spotted 1,010 km east of Basco, Batanes at 4 p.m. Friday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Samuel Duran said Jenny packed maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 9 kph and may remain in the Philippine Area of Responsibility until Monday.

Duran said the typhoon will likely enhance the prevailing southwest monsoon affecting Visayas and Mindanao and trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced in Palawan, Western Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula.

He said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms is expected over Southern Luzon, the Bicol region and the rest of Visayas and of Mindanao while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest over Visayas and Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough, he added.

Forecasters said the typhoon has steadily strengthened since Thursday and may hit Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and mainland Japan, Taiwan and eastern China.

If Jenny maintains its speed and movement, Duran said the tropical storm is forecast to exit by Monday towards Taiwan.

He said the slow movement of the tropical storm is due to the presence of high pressure area.

Duran said the state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the effects of southwest monsoon enhanced by the tropical storm as the sea condition will be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds which is expected to affect the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned.

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