Typhoon Chedeng maintains strength – PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday evening, April 1, maintained its strength overnight, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

As of 4 am Thursday, April 2, Chedeng had maximum sustained winds of 180 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 215 km/h. It is moving west northwest at 19 km/h. 

The typhoon was last located 1005 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar, or 935 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 8 am Thursday. 

Track of Typhoon Chedeng as of 2 am Thursday, April 2. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Track of Typhoon Chedeng as of 2 am Thursday, April 2.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded Chedeng from super typhoon to typhoon status, while the Japan Meteorological Agency still labels Chedeng as a "very strong" typhoon.

Landfall was earlier predicted to occur between late Saturday, April 4, and early Sunday, April 5, in the vicinity of Aurora, Quezon, or Isabela provinces.

Holy Week travelers have been advised to adjust their plans during the long break.

The whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms in the next 24 hours. 

Moderate to strong winds will blow from the northeast to north over the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, causing moderate to rough coastal waters. 

Elsewhere, coastal seas will be slight to moderate as light to moderate winds blow from the northeast to east. 

The next bulletin on Chedeng will be issued at 11 am Thursday. – Rappler.com