(Updated Thursday/April 2/2:30PM) - Typhoon Chedeng (international name: Maysak) finally entered Philippine Area of Responsibility(PAR) before midnight and now less than 1,000 kilometers away from Borongan, Easter Samar,state weather agency PAGASA said Thursday.
As of 11AM, Chedeng has its maximum sustained winds and gustiness have gone down to 190 kilometers per hour but has slightly accelerated to 20 kilometers per hour while moving to northern westward based on the Wundermap satellite image taken earlier.
PAGASA said it will raise Public Storm Warning Signal 1 over Bicol and Samar in 18 hours, and "sea travel over these areas will be possibly suspended."
PAGASA alerted the public against possible flash floods over low-lying areas and landslides along mountain slopes particularly over Aurora-Quezon area.
More views of the eye- this was about 12 hours ago at sunrise, local time. Unbelievable. #Maysak pic.twitter.com/9Z6obnSVjh
— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) April 1, 2015
It also warned of possible storm surges and sea surface waves of up to four meters, over the eastern coast of Samar, Bicol and Aurora-Quezon.
Meanwhile, the country is now preparing its troops and medical and food supplies for the possible flashfloods, landslides, and storm surges over some areas in the eastern section of Luzon and Visayas.
SOLCOM Lent Break Cancelled
The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) has cancelled its Lenten break and placed all its units on "red alert" for possible disaster relief measures.
SOLCOM was supposed to go on a Holy Week break from 7 a.m. of April 2 to 6 a.m. of April 6.
"The red alert status was declared because of the potential effects Typhoon 'Maysak' (Chedeng) might bring to the region," said Southern Luzon Command Chief Major General Ricardo R. Visaya.
Though weather forecasts indicate that the eye of the typhoon will not directly hit Southern Luzon, all disaster response operations units were activated and ordered to take all necessary preparations to address the worst possible effects, said Interaksyon report.
Typhoon 'MAYSAK' cancels Lenten Break for Soldiers in Southern LuzonCAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City - The Southern...
Posted by Southern Luzon Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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