Batanes under Signal No. 3 as Jenny heads for Taiwan

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 has been hoisted over the province of Batanes as Typhoon Jenny is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the weather bureau said Thursday. Moderate to significant impacts from storm-force winds may be experienced over Batanes. TCWS No. 2 remains hoisted over the northern portion of Babuyan Islands, while TCWS No. 1 has been hoisted over the rest of the Babuyan Islands, the northern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Buguey, Santa Teresita, Lal-Lo, Camalaniugan, Pamplona, Claveria, Aparri, Ballesteros, Abulug, Allacapan, Sanchez-Mira, Santa Praxedes, Lasam, and Gattaran), the northern portion of Apayao (Calanasan, Pudtol, Luna, Santa Marcela, and Flora), and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte (Piddig, Bangui, Vintar, Burgos, Pagudpud, Bacarra, Adams, Pasuquin, Carasi, Dumalneg, and Laoag City). Gale-force winds will prevail over areas under TCWS No. 2, and strong winds are likely to prevail in areas under Signal No. 1. Gusty conditions will be experienced over the southern portion of Aurora, Romblon, and portions of Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bataan, and Bicol Region as Jenny enhances the southwest monsoon. Occasional rains may be experienced over the western portion of Luzon. Jenny, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph, was last tracked 140 km. north-northwest of Itbayat, Batanes. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Jenny could make landfall over the southern portion of Taiwan on Thursday morning and exit the PAR between afternoon and evening. Meanwhile, rough to very rough seas will prevail over the seaboards of Northern Luzon. "Sea travel is risky for vessels of any type or tonnage. All mariners must remain in port or, if underway, seek shelter or safe harbor as soon as possible until winds and waves subside," PAGASA said. Minimal damage so far The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), meanwhile, reported minimal damage over the regions affected by the typhoon. In its update, the NDRRMC also reported only 29 affected families, equivalent to 275 persons, residing in six barangays in Cagayan Valley and Western Visayas. Only one evacuation center was activated in Batanes, which is sheltering only one individual, while 193 persons were being aided by relatives or friends. About 26 houses were damaged in Western Visayas, it added. The Office of Civil Defense earlier said the affected families include those displaced and those not needing transfer or removal from their residence. The NDRRMC said no casualties have so far been reported while it has yet to receive reports of damage to agriculture and infrastructure caused by the typhoon.

Source: Philippines News Agency