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PAGASA: Tropical storm 'Jelawat' will not make landfall in PH

By Janine Peralta, CNN Philippines Updated 15:47 PM PHT Mon, March 26, 2018 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- Tropical storm "Jelawat" will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight or tomorrow morning but it will not affect the country directly, the state weather bureau said Monday.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather forecaster Ariel Rojas said Jelawat may reach typhoon intensity but because of its distance, it will only lead to "very light rains" in the Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao.


Jelawat is currently 1,245 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, carrying winds with a maximum sustained speed of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness reaching up to 80 kph. The storm is traveling west northwest at a speed of 23 kph.


Rojas advised citizens to continue Holy Week activities and travel plans given that the storm will be far enough from land to cause damage.


Should Jelawat enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be called Typhoon "Caloy."


Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or hanging Amihan will remain all throughout the Holy Week, affecting Luzon with cold mornings until Friday. Roj as said the onset of dry season will be determined by the first week of April once the northeast monsoon ends.



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