The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration tracked tropical storm Songda (Philippine name: Chedeng) at 1,070 kilometers East of Northern Mindanao. That was 10 o’clock in the morning, local time, moving towards the Philippines at 11 kilometers per hour. The Philippine weather bureau is still using the International codename because the tropical storm is outside the Philippine area of responsibility. @dost_pagasa will switch to “Chedeng,” as soon as it enters the Philippines, and will likewise publish storm track projections.
The weather bureau noted that rainshowers and thunderstorms in Metro Manila is not due to tropical storm Chedeng. @dost_pagasa says it is because of local convection that forms thunderstorm clouds.
Current projections by Weather Underground reveal that Songda could reach over 200 kilometer per hour winds, with gusts reaching 250 kilometers per hour, and is projected to be at latitude 15.1, longitude 126.2 on Thursday, 26 May 2011 as a Category 3 storm.
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