Manila, Philippines – Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reports that as of 4:00 am today, Tropical Storm “CHEDENG” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 540 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar ( 11.9°N, 130.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 17 kph.
PAGASA added that Chedeng is threatening to hit the Philippines as a ‘super typhoon’ and may be the same strength as Bagyong Milenyo and more rains than Bagyong Ondoy.
By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 390 km east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar or 510 km east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes.
According to reports, public storm warning signal No. 1 was raised over Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar, PAGASA announced Tuesday morning, as Chedeng intensifies as it moved westward.
PAGASA issued weather bulletin at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, 24 May 2011 Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under signal # 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
“Chedeng” is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao.
The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and to watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 2 p.m., 24 May 2011