Tropical storm “Jenny” has intensified as it continue to move slowly in west northwest direction, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that as of 4 p.m., the center of severe tropical storm “Jenny” was spotted some 1,180 km east of Aparri, Cagayan.
He said the tropical storm’s maximum sustained winds increased from 85 kilometers per hour (kph) to 95 kph while its gustiness rose to 120 kph from 100 kph. The storm continues to move west northwest at 7 kph.
He said no public storm warning signal was raised over any part of the country as Jenny was not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country.
However, he noted the tropical storm would enhance southwest monsoon, affecting Visayas and Mindanao.
Most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila were expected to experience rains due to southwest monsoon enhanced by “Jenny”.
If it maintains its present speed and movement, the tropical storm would exit by Monday, heading towards southern Japan, Quitlong said.
He said the slow movement of the tropical storm is due to the presence of high pressure area.
He expects the tropical storm to intensify into typhoon category while exiting the country.
In the next 24 hour forecast, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao region and Caraga.
It added fair weather or partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Quitlong 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 is expected to affect the Eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and of Mindanao.
“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” Quitlong said. PNA