Chedeng weakens as tropical storm; 26 areas warned

 Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak) weakened into a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon, April 4, but continued to threaten at least 26 areas that the state weather bureau placed under storm warning signals.  

In its 5 pm bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Chedeng packs maximum sustained winds of 115 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 145 km/h. 

Six hours earlier, PAGASA said Chedeng had winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h.

Still, the state weather bureau placed 26 areas under storm warning signals as Chedeng is expected to make landfall on Sunday morning, April 5, over the coast of southern Isabela. 

Below is a map and list of storm warning signals issued by PAGASA:

Signal No. 3 

(Winds of 101-185 km/h expected in at least 18 hours)

Effects of the wind under Signal No. 3:

Signal No. 2

(Winds of 61-100 km/h expected in at least 24 hours)

Effects of the wind under Signal No. 2

Signal No. 1

(Winds of 30-60 km/h expected in at least 36 hours)

Effects of the wind under Signal No. 1:

Chedeng is expected to make landfall between 4 and 6 am on Sunday. 

It is set to move west-northwest at 20 km/h, PAGASA said.

The state weather bureau will release its next update on Chedeng at 11 pm on Saturday. – Rappler.com