Cyclone Chedeng Lastest News

28 May, 2011 (5:00pm): FINAL REPORT FOR THE PHILIPPINES (PAR). Typhoon Chedeng has accelerated rapidly as it moves away from the Philippines.

  • According to the final NDRRMC report this afternoong (5:00pm), Chedeng was situated 600 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (25.6°N, 125.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is forecasted to move northeast at 32 km/h, significantly faster than in the previous days.
  • All Public Storm Warning Signals were lowered, However, Chedeng continues to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Luzon and Western Visayas.

28 May, 2011 (5:00am): The previous evening, Chedeng finally started to weaken and move away from the islands. Currently, Chedeng continues to weaken as it moves in a North Northeast direction

  • The latest NDRRMC report this morning (5:00am) stated that Chedeng was situated 200 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (21.9°N, 123.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 200 km/h. It is forecasted to move north northeast at 22 km/h.
  • Chedeng is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao including Metro Manila.
  • A Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 2 (60 - 100 km/h winds) has been emitted for the Batanes Group of Islands. A PSWS No. 1 (45-60 km/h winds) has been issued for Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands.

27 May, 2011: Chedeng has gained more strength as it moves North Northwestward.

  • According to the latest NDRRMC report this morning (5:00am), Chedeng was situated 250 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.2°N, 124.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 230 km/h. It is forecasted to move north northwest at 19 km/h, slightly faster than yesterday's speed (15km/h).
  • Typhoon "Chedeng" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao including Metro Manila.
  • A Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 2 (60 - 100 km/h winds) has been emitted for the Batanes Group of Islands. A PSWS No. 1 (45-60 km/h winds) has been issued for Cagayan, Calayan Group, Babuyan Group, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Northern Quezon and Polillo Island.

26 May, 2011: Chedeng has gained more strength and is now passing well to the east of Bicol Region while heading on a NNW track.Chedeng is now a Category 4 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Tropical Cyclone Scale

  • According to the latest NDRRMC report, indicated this morning (5:00am) that Chedeng was situated 270 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0°N, 127.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 160 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 195 km/h. It is forecasted to move northwest at 15 km/h, slightly faster than yesterday's speed (13km/h). The actual diameter is 590 km and presents a minimum central pressure of 937 hPa (millibars).
  • Chedeng is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao. The typhoon is likely to pass more or less 300 km to the East of Cagayan and the Batanes Group of Islands by tomorrow before heading towards the Southern Islands of Japan. Early Friday morning it is expected to reach its peak intensity of 230 km/h (Near-Super Typhoon), while located to the east of Isabela or along the North Philippine Sea.
  • PAGASA has emitted a Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 2 (60 - 100 km/h winds) for the regions of Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and the Samar Provinces. A PSWS No. 1 has been issued for Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Quezon, Polillo Is., Marinduque, Burias Is., Ticao Is., Masbate, Northern Leyte and Biliran Island.

25 May, 2011: Chedeng has slowed down and maintained its intensity

  • The last NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council) report indicated this morning (5:00am) that Chedeng was situated at 365 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.2°N, 128.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 115 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 145 km/h. Its trajectory is still West Northwest (WNW) at 13 km/h a bit slower than yesterday's speed (13km/h). The actual diameter is 590 km, even bigger than yesterday and presents a minimum central pressure of 967 hPa (millibars).
  • SONGDA (CHEDENG) is expected to continue intensifying as it moves NW to NNW-ward across the Philippine Sea, just to the east of Luzon within the next 2 days. The typhoon is likely to pass to the NE of Bicol Region late tonight until tomorrow morning as it reaches Category 3 strength.
  • PAGASA has already emitted an alert for Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Samar provinces.

24 May, 2011: Chedeng has intensified in the last hours and moved westward

  • The last NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council) report indicated this morning (5:00am) that Chedeng was situated at 540 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.9ºN 130.8ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 135 km/h. It continues moving West Northwest (WNW) at 17 km/h. The actual diameter is 480 km and presents a minimum central pressure of 978 hPa (millibars).
  • Chedeng's CDO* continues to organize near its center, with improved symmetrical circulation. Satellite imagery shows a banding eye - a sign that the system is nearing typhoon strength. Chedeng (Songda) is expected to further intensify while maintaining its WNW track across the Philippine Sea within the next two days.
  • Some areas of Luzon and Visayas are already alerted of possible flashfloods and landslides.

Forecasts from different specialized meteorological centers can be followed here:

  1. Analysis track and forecasts from The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA):
    http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/track.gif
  2. Analysis track and forecasts from The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC):
    http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/wp0411.gif
  3. Multi-Agency Forecast Tracks:
    http://asiatcforecast.co.cc/?name=SONGDA

*CDO is short hand for "central dense overcast" and describes the cirrus cloud shield resulting from the thunderstorms in the eyewall of a tropical cyclone and its rainbands. Usually an eye is visible in the COD once the storm reaches hurricane strength.