THE low pressure area (LPA) that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Monday has intensified into a tropical depression and was named “Jenny,” the state-run weather bureau said.
As of 4 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted the 10th tropical cyclone to enter PAR this year at 670 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph. It was moving northwest at a speed of 25 kph.
Pagasa weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said Jenny, the 3rd tropical cyclone in August, may make landfall in Cagayan, Isabela or Aurora on Tuesday or Wednesday and may exit PAR on Thursday.
Signal No. 1 was raised over Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, the eastern portion of Pangasinan, the northern portion of Quezon, including Polillo Island, and Catanduanes. Ordinario said Signal No. 1 may also be raised over Ilocos Norte, the Babuyan Group of Islands, and the rest of Pangasinan.
Pagasa warned residents in these areas to remain vigilant against possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous communities and monitor thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings. Pagasa also advised small fishing vessels not to venture into seaboards in areas under Signal No. 1 due to rough sea conditions. No gale warning was raised.
Light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rains were expected over the Caraga Region, Eastern Visayas, and the Bicol Region in the next 24 hours.
Moderate to heavy rains on Tuesday are expected to prevail over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, northern Aurora, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains were expected to pour over Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), the Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.