Jenny exits PAR after re-intensifying into tropical storm

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Jenny exits PAR after re-intensifying into tropical storm
Tropical Storm Jenny (Podul) is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but the southwest monsoon will cause rain in parts of the country

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MANILA, Philippines – Jenny (Podul) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 28, a few hours after it re-intensified from a tropical depression into a tropical storm.

In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Storm Jenny is already 510 kilometers west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan, outside PAR.

Jenny had made landfall in Casiguran, Aurora, at 10:40 pm on Tuesday, August 27. It weakened into a tropical depression as it hit land, then crossed Northern Luzon and left landmass at 3 am on Wednesday.

It was over the West Philippine Sea that Jenny became a tropical storm again.

Jenny was a particularly fast tropical cyclone. By the time it left PAR, it had accelerated further to 40 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 35 km/h, moving west southwest.

The tropical storm had maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h as it made its exit.

Tropical cyclone wind signals were earlier lifted at 11 am on Wednesday.

Though Jenny is outside PAR, however, it is still slightly enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.

The southwest monsoon is affecting western parts of Luzon and the Visayas. Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in the following areas in the next 24 hours:

  • Metro Manila
  • Central Luzon
  • Calabarzon
  • Mimaropa
  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Western Visayas
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga Peninsula

Areas affected by the southwest monsoon should watch out for possible flash floods or landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Travel also remains risky in the seaboards of Luzon and the western seaboard of the Visayas.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Jenny (Podul) as of August 28, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

Meanwhile, PAGASA is monitoring a cloud cluster east of the Visayas, along the PAR boundary. PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja said the chance of this cloud cluster developing into a tropical depression is slim at the moment.

Jenny was the Philippines’ 10th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 3rd for August. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from August to December:

  • August – 2 to 4
  • September – 2 to 4
  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 1 or 2
  • December – 0 or 1

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. –

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Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections and also supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters.