MANILA (UPDATED) — Typhoon Jenny (international name: Koinu) reintensified slightly as it moves towards southern Taiwan, the state weather bureau said late Wednesday.
Jenny, spotted 125 kilometers north northeast of Itbayat town in Batanes at 10 p.m., was packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and up to 205 kph gusts, PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 3 was hoisted over Batanes province, where storm-force winds, which may cause moderate to significant threat to life and property, are expected within 18 hours.
Signal number 2 was hoisted over the northern portion of Babuyan Islands (Babuyan Is., Calayan Is.), which may experience gale-force winds within 24 hours.
Signal number 1 was likewise raised over the following areas and warned of slight damage in some weak houses in 36 hours.
- The rest of Babuyan Islands
- 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, Gattaran)
- Northern portion of Apayao (Calanasan, Pudtol, Luna, Santa Marcela, Flora)
- Northern portion of Ilocos Norte (Piddig, Bangui, Vintar, Burgos, Pagudpud, Bacarra, Adams, Pasuquin, Carasi, Dumalneg, Laoag City)
From Wednesday to Thursday night, the weather agency said 100-200 mm (4 to 8 inches) of rain could hit Batanes.
PAGASA noted that forecast rainfall is "generally higher" in mountainous areas and that flooding and landslides are possible.
The typhoon is also expected to continue enhancing the southwest monsoon or habagat.
PAGASA said the habagat could stir occasional rains over the western portions of Luzon in the next three days.
PAGASA said Jenny will weaken considerably due to its interaction with land while passing over the rugged terrain of southern Taiwan.
It is expected to make landfall over the southern portion of Taiwan on Thursday morning before exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) over the Taiwan Strait by Thursday afternoon or evening.
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