Here is our latest Video Update on Typhoon Jelawat and also on another cyclone that just formed west of the Marianas Islands. It is a lengthy video so please bear with us as discuss in-detail these two systems. If you are only interested in one system, our update on Jelawat begins at the 0:14 mark while our update for the new Tropical Depression begins at around the 10:56 mark. Again, thank you for your patience!
Typhoon Jelawat has rapidly intensified in the past 12 hours and is now a Category 3 Typhoon. It remains east of Visayas but is starting to turn to the north.
As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has placed the entire island of Samar under Public Storm Warning Signal #1 forecasting winds of up to 60kph. Furthermore, the Eastern Visayas region should also be wary of moderate to heavy rains throughout tonight that could add up to 50mm or even 100mm by tomorrow.
Typhoon Jelawat will continue intensifying and could even become a Category 5 in the next 24 to 48 hours. Forecast tracks continue to shift eastward and a landfall in Luzon is becoming less likely. However, people in Northern Luzon, Taiwan, and the Southern Japanese Islands should continue to monitor this system for any wobbles and changes in the movement.
IR Image from NOAA detailing the locations of Jelawat and that new Tropical Depression
Meanwhile, another cyclone has formed west of the Marianas today. This unnamed Tropical Depression (Invest 93W) is starting to consolidate as conditions in the region have become favorable for development. JMA expects this system to become a Tropical Storm by tomorrow. Computer models agree on taking this system to the north and could become a threat for Honshu in Japan by the latter part of the week.
Please be reminded that we are NOT and official weather agency. Always listen to PAGASA for the latest Signal Warnings and also to your local officials for any evacuations or alerts in your area. Stay safe!