Chedeng slightly weakens; landfall by Saturday evening

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak) slightly weakened late Thursday morning, April 2, state weather bureau PAGASA said. 

As of 10 am Thursday, Chedeng was located at 915 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar, or 995 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar.

The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 210 km/h.

It will continue to move west northwest at 19 km/h, with moderate to heavy rainfall expected within its 150-200 km radius. 

Chedeng is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela by late Saturday evening, April 4, to early Sunday morning, April 5. 

Track of Typhoon Chedeng as of 8 am Thursday, April 2. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Track of Typhoon Chedeng as of 8 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. 

In a news briefing Thursday morning, PAGASA weather division chief Esperanza Cayanan said public storm warning signal number 1 will be raised over Bicol and Northern Samar within the next 12 hours. 

Effects of the typhoon will be felt as early as Friday evening, April 3, especially in the eastern section of Luzon, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Alexander Pama said in a news briefing Thursday. 

"We are hoping this will be a tropical storm intensity, or even tropical depression as it passes over land," Cayanan added.

Cayanan said Chedeng will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday afternoon, April 6.

PAGASA warned of possible storm surges of up to 4 meters over the eastern coast of Samar, Bicol, and Aurora-Quezon. 

"The public is alerted against possible flashfloods over low-lying areas and landslides along mountain slopes particularly over Aurora-Isabela area. Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Bicol Region and of Visayas," PAGASA said in its 11 am bulletin on Thursday.

The next bulletin on Chedeng will be issued at 11 pm Thursday. A list of areas that will be affected by storm surges may also be released within the day.  Rappler.com

Jee Y. Geronimo

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