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MANILA, Philippines – A tropical storm with the international name Jelawat will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Holy Monday, March 26, or Holy Tuesday, March 27. Fortunately, it is not expected to make landfall in the country.
In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Palm Sunday, March 25, state weather bureau PAGASA said Jelawat is located 1,560 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, still outside PAR.
It is moving west northwest at 23 kilometers per hour (km/h), with maximum winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
Once Jelawat enters PAR, it will be given the local name Caloy. It will be the Philippines’ 3rd tropical cyclone for 2018. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Based on its latest forecast track, Jelawat or Caloy will not hit land. It is expected to move upwards after entering PAR, instead of heading for the country.
Jelawat or Caloy won’t be the first tropical cyclone to enter PAR during Holy Week. Back in 2015, for instance, there was Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak). (READ: Holy Week storms in the Philippines)
March and April, however, are among the months least visited by tropical cyclones. The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones a year, with most of these from July to September.
Meanwhile, on Holy Monday, the tail-end of a cold front will affect Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas, while the northeast monsoon will continue affecting Luzon.
There will be isolated rainshowers in those areas but PAGASA said there will be “no significant impact.” – Rappler.com
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