MANILA, May 27 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Friday typhoon "Chedeng" (international name: Songda) has gained more strength as it continues to move towards Japan.
PAGASA said that as of 4:00 a.m. Friday, "Chedeng" was located based on Doppler radar, satellite and surface data at 250 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan or at coordinates 17.2°N, 124.3°E with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (up from 170 kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph (from 195 kph) moving north- northwestward at 19 kph.
Weather forecasters said "Chedeng" would be at 190 km. northeast of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning and at 610 km. north-northeast of Basco, Batanes or at 170 km. southwest of Okinawa, Japan by Sunday morning.
Public storm warning Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds) remains hoisted over Batanes Group and Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds) over Cagayan, Calayan Group, Babuyan Group, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Northern Quezon and Polillo Island as of Friday morning.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.
Typhoon "Chedeng" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (PNA) scs/magi