Typhoon “Jenny” intensified while moving northwestward over the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said yesterday.
It is expected to reach peak intensity today, and may slightly weaken by late Wednesday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
said the typhoon will make landfall over the southern portion of Taiwan on Thursday morning then exit the Philippine area of responsibility over the Taiwan Strait in the afternoon.
Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 was raised over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, northern and eastern portion of Isabela (Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan, Santa Maria, San Pablo, Tumauini, Cabagan, Ilagan City, San Mariano, Santo Tomas, Dinapigue, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Gamu, Quirino, Delfin Albano, Quezon, Mallig), Apayao, northern and central portion of Ilocos Norte (Carasi, Vintar, Burgos, Dumalneg, Bangui, Pagudpud, Adams, Nueva Era, Pasuquin, Bacarra, Laoag City, San Nicolas, Sarrat, Piddig, Dingras, Solsona, Marcos), northeastern portion of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Malibcong) and the northern portion of Kalinga (Balbalan, Pinukpuk, Rizal, City of Tabuk).
The typhoon was moving northwestward at 15 km/h, packing maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 190 km/h.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has already activated its emergency response protocols.
“We continue to coordinate with different agencies and our regional counterparts to prepare and provide ample response, ensuring that all necessary measures are in place from the national down to the local level,” Office of Civil Defense Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director Ariel Nepomuceno said.
“OCD regional offices and the RDRRMCs are all prepared for this weather disturbance,” he added.