(Updated, 7:15 pm, 24 May 2011) Tropical storm Chedeng (International: Songda) is gaining intensity, and is expected to reach typhoon strength soon. Chedeng is still over the Philippine sea. Chedeng is expected to become a Category 1 storm Wednesday morning.
Coastal areas are warned against storm surges.
Signal no. 1
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 6 and raised signal no. 1 over Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar. No storm signal warnings raised for Mindanao, except for a Gale force wind warning.
Gale Warning for Mindanao
The Philippine weather bureau also raised Gale force wind warning for the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. Projections point to cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers. PAGASA estimates wind force to be between 55 to 63 kilometers per hour, and sea condition to be from rough to very rough. Fishing boats, and similar sized sea vessel are advised not to go out to sea.
Wave height is projected to be between 3.7 meters to 4.5 meters.
Location and storm track
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported that Chedeng at 5 o’clock in the morning, Manila time that the storm was located some 450 kilometers East Northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It is moving in a West Northwest direction at 13 kilometers per hour.
Typhoon2000 reported that areas such as the Caroline islands, Palau, Yap and Ulithi in Western Micronesia are within the outer rainbands of Chedeng. They are expected to receive light to moderate winds, as well as rain fall. Typhoon2000 also noted that Chedeng is generating 5 to 280 mm rainfall, and in some isolated parts 500mm. They are also projecting that Southern Luzon, Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao will be experiencing monsoon weather. Rainfall and thunderstorms are to be expected in those areas.
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