AT LEAST three areas in Luzon have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 2 as Tropical Depression Jenny is forecast to make landfall in Aurora tonight or early morning Wednesday, August 28.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, the center of Jenny was located at 360 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte or 490 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
The tropical depression was packing maximum winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 80 km/h. It was moving west northwest at 25 km/h, added Pagasa.
TCWS Number 2 has been raised over Isabela, Aurora and Quirino, while TCWS Number 1 has been hoisted over Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Cavite, Laguna, Camarines Norte, northeastern portion of Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.
Pagasa said "between this morning and tonight, intermittent to frequent moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Bicol Region, Samar provinces, Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan."
"Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will affect Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Visayas, and the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Bangsamoro," it added.
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (August 28), Pagasa said intermittent to frequent moderate to heavy rains may be experienced over Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Rizal, northern portion of Quezon (including Polillo Island), Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Pangasinan, and La Union, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may affect Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.
"Between tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening, light to moderate with intermittent to occasional heavy rains may affect Western Visayas, Mindoro Provinces, northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Zambales and Bataan," it added.
The weather bureau advised residents in areas under TCWS Number 2 to take precautionary measures against potentially strong winds while occasional gusty conditions may occur over areas under TCWS Number 1.
It said occasional gusty conditions may also occur in Visayas and other areas of Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon.
It also advised residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
Sea travel, meanwhile, remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions.
Pagasa said Jenny is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning, August 29. (LMY/SunStar Philippines)