Tropical Storm Chedeng (International: Songda) grows stronger. It is now a category 1 storm.
Weather Underground projects that Chedeng is packing 139 kilometer per hour winds, with 167 kilometer per hour gusts.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 8, and raising public storm signal no. 2 over Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Samar provinces. These areas will be experiencing 61 to 100 kilometer per hour winds, at least in the next 24 hours. Public storm signal no. 1 was raised over Marinduque, Masbate, Burias, and Ticao Islands, Southern Quezon, Polilio Island, and Biliran Island.
The tropical storm is expected to bring monsoon over Visayas and Mindanao, and coastal areas are advised to be prepared for storm surges. Outer rainbands of Chedeng according to Typhoon2000.com will be across Eastern Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao. And they project that the eye of the storm will move past “North East of Bicol while at sea between Wednesday and Thursday morning.” Typhoon2000.com added that rainfall accumulation is projected to be between 5 to 200 mm, with 280 mm in isolated parts near the storm’s eye.
Chedeng continues on a West Northwest direction at 13 kilometers per hour and was located as of 4 o’clock in the morning of 25 May 2011 at 365 kilometers East of Catarman, Northern Samar.
Chedeng (Songda) Storm track credit: Weather Underground