29 areas under Signal No. 1 as Tropical Depression Jenny speeds up

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Jenny slightly accelerated before dawn on Tuesday, August 27, with more rain and strong winds expected.

In a briefing past 5 am on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Depression Jenny is already 395 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 525 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte.

It is now moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 20 km/h.

Jenny maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It remains less likely to intensify into a tropical storm, but PAGASA said it is not ruling out the possibility.

There are now 29 areas in Luzon under a tropical cyclone wind signal.

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)

PAGASA warned areas under Signal No. 1 to prepare for potentially strong winds. It added that gusty conditions may also occur in the Visayas and other parts of Luzon due to the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.

In terms of rainfall, here's the latest on what to expect:

Tuesday morning to evening, August 27

Tuesday evening, August 27, to Wednesday morning, August 28

Wednesday morning to afternoon, August 28

Jenny might make landfall in Aurora on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

PAGASA advised areas affected by Jenny and the southwest monsoon to watch out for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Classes are suspended for Tuesday in some areas. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, August 27, 2019)

Travel is also risky in the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1.

Based on its latest forecast track, Jenny will leave PAR on Wednesday.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Jenny as of August 27, 2019, 5 am. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Jenny as of August 27, 2019, 5 am.

Image from PAGASA

Jenny is 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:

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