Chedeng weakens as tropical storm; 26 areas warned
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:
- Heavy damage to agricultural plantation; uprooting of medium and large trees
- Considerable damage to structures of light to medium construction; possible destruction of most nipa or cogon houses
- Severe damage to billboards and signages
- Disruption of electrical power distribution and communication services
Signal No. 2
(Winds of 61-100 km/h expected in at least 24 hours)
- Northern Quezon
- Nueva Ecija
- Southern Cagayan
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
Effects of the wind under Signal No. 2
- Possible damage to rice and corn plants
- Uprooting of a few large trees
- Damage to a large number of nipa and cogon houses
- Damage to billboards and signages
Signal No. 1
(Winds of 30-60 km/h expected in at least 36 hours)
- Rest of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands;
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Rest of Quezon, including Polillo Island
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
Effects of the wind under Signal No. 1:
- Breaking twigs and branches of trees
- Damage to rice crops in the flowering stage
- Possible partial unroofing or some nipa and cogon houses
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