(Updated 6 PM, Friday 27 May 2011) Typhoon Chedeng (Songda) has weakened to a Category 4 storm. Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are to experience monsoon rains.
Chedeng while a super typhoon remains at sea, storm surges, stormy weather with much rain should be expected by the country. It is presently near Basco Batanes. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Severe Weather Bulletin No. 18 raised signal no. 3 over the Batanes Group of Islands.
Storm Signal No. 2 is resently over Babuyan Group of Islands while Signal No. 1 is over Apayao, Cagayan and Isabela.
Typhoon2000 projects rainfall to be between 5 mm to 180 mm. Affected areas include Batanes Group, Cagayan, Calayan-Babuyan Islands, Abra, Isabela, and parts of Northern and Central Luzon including Polillo Islands. The site is also advising of possible storm surges 13 to 18 feet (4.5 to 5 meter) high waves.
While no storm signal was raised over Visayas and Mindanao, Gale Warning No. 9 was issued by PAGASA. The seaboards of Visayas, and Northern Mindanao are projected to have cloudy weather with monsoon rains. Winds are estimated to be between 60 to 70 kilometers per hour with sea conditions to be very rough. PAGASA projects wave height to be between 3.7 to 5 meters.
The western seaboard of Southern Luzon will likewise experience similar weather. Monsoon are to be expected. Wind force is between 55 to 63 kilometer per hour. Sea conditions are rough to very rough, and wave height will be about 3.7 to 5 meters.
PAGASA warns that sea travel for fishing boats and smaller vessels are not recommended.
This is a developing story.
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