Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Maysak “Bagyong Chedeng” upgrades to Super Typhoon

(Update 4/1/20157:48AM) - From tropical depression Chedeng “MAYSAK”(International name) has now intensifies and become a category 5 super typhoon according to the latest weather news bulletin from Pagasa.

The super typhoon Maysak is currently packed with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and gustiness of up to 351 kph and its expected to hit Philippines on Sunday or Monday after it had destroyed homes in the neighboring island of Micronesia.

Under PAGASA classification, the cyclone may fall under the lower "typhoon" category of 118 to 220 kph as it approaches the Philippine landmass by weekend, said Philstar report.

It will then be named "Chedeng."

In its 11 a.m. advisory on Tuesday, PAGASA said "Maysak" was located 1,820 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.

"This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow evening or Thursday early morning," the state weather bureau said.

Typhoon Tracks

The super typhoon Chedeng is expected to make its first massive land fall in Northern Luzon at the speed of 177 km/h and wind gusts of 217 km/hr based on Weather Underground data.

If no changes in its track , the typhoon's eye will hit Manila and nearby regions, Cabanatuan, Tarlac and Dagupan on Sunday or Monday before to exit PAR.

Government Preparations

Although Chedeng is predicted to weaken after entering Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), government agencies and encourage leaders of respective municipalities to be ready.

In a statement issued to GMA News on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas called on the local officials in Southern Luzon and in the Visayas to "stand guard" and be ready for the typhoon.

"Malayo pa lang ang bagyo, ready at listo na dapat tayo sa posibleng hagupit nito," Roxas told provincial governors and mayors of cities and municipalities.

Roxas, who is also the vice chairperson of the NDRRMC, said it would be the mayors who will be the first responders in disaster situations.

Source : PAG-ASGA / GMA News / Philstar

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