Typhoon Chedeng (International: Songda) remains a Category 4 storm as it leaves the Philippines, and is expected to weaken to a category 3 storm. The seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas will continue to experience monsoon rains, with very rough sea conditions and wave height between 3.7 meters to 5 meters. Read more
Chedeng (International: Songda) was downgraded to Category 4 storm. PAGASA warns of 4 to 5 meter waves along Southern Luzon, Visayas and Northern Mindanao. Rainfall is expected for much of the country. Read more
The Metro Manila Development Authority tweeted that some areas in the capital reported slight flooding. As of 3:25 PM, España West Bound and East Bound reportedly had 7.5 inches depth. Likewise West Bound and East Bound of Mabuhay Rotonda, and after the intersection of Ortigas West Bound.
The Metro Manila Development Authority reported that as of 7:17 pm, there is 9 to 10 inches flood at C5 Tiendistas North Bound.
@MMDA also reported that as of 7:24 pm, EDSA Shaw tunnel North and South bound had 7 to 8 inches of flood water.
At EDSA Aurora Tunnel north and south bound, the MMDA reports 7 to 8 inches of water.
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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