Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) Affecting Philippines – September 25th, 201216.0N 126.6E
Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) is currently churning across the Philippines Sea. Jelawat became a dangerous storm over the weekend with a perfectly symmetrical circulation and clear, well-defined eye. The storm underwent explosive intensification, almost doubling strength over the course of 12 hours.
Super Typhoon Jelawat is currently located approximately 400 nautical miles east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, having tracked northward at 4 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 45 feet.
Despite being hundreds of miles away from the Philippines, the system has already brought gusty thunderstorms and drenching rains to the eastern-half of the islands. As the system drifts north and eastward, it will bring the potential to bring major impacts to the islands.
While a direct landfall is not currently forecast, the system’s proximity to Luzon could still lead to serious impacts. Heavy and gusty showers and thunderstorms are expected to bombard the island for days to come. Due to the mountainous terrain of Luzon and much of the Philippines, extreme rainfall amounts, flash-flooding and mudslides are possible. Jelawat is forecast to pass east of Luzon, on a northward path generally near Taiwan.