Severe Tropical Storm Chedeng maintains its strength while over the Philippine Sea, Pagasa reported on its latest weather bulletin.
The center of the eye was estimated based on all available data 1,090 km East of Central Luzon. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.
CHEDENG is unlikely to directly bring heavy rainfall over any portion of the country in the next 3 to 5 days.
Although the current forecast scenario for this tropical cyclone may result in the enhancement of the Southwest Monsoon, the timing and intensity of monsoon rains over the country (especially in the western portion) may still change due to the dependence of monsoon enhancement on the forecast movement and intensity of CHEDENG as well as its interaction with the other weather systems surrounding it.
As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for updates regarding the possible enhancement of the Southwest Monsoon. A Weather Advisory will be issued by PAGASA should there be an increasing chance of monsoon heavy rainfall within the next three days.
The hoisting of Wind Signals in anticipation of tropical cyclone severe winds is unlikely at this time.
The enhancement of the Southwest Monsoon over the next 3 days may bring gusty conditions over the following areas (especially in coastal and upland/mountainous localities exposed to winds):
Severe Tropical Depression Chedeng maintains strength
- Tomorrow: Visayas, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, the northern portion of Palawan including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Camiguin.
- Saturday: Visayas, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Camiguin, and Dinagat Islands.
Tropical Storm CHEDENG remains unlikely to cause rough sea condition over the coastal waters of the country in the next 24 hours.
On the forecast track, CHEDENG will remain far from the Philippine landmass. It is forecast to move generally west northwestward to northwestward today through tomorrow afternoon before turning northward for the rest of tomorrow. During this period, CHEDENG may become slow-moving. On Saturday, this tropical cyclone will begin accelerating generally north northeastward or northeastward.
Owing to favorable environmental conditions, CHEDENG is forecast to intensify in the next 2 to 3 days and may be upgraded into a typhoon by tonight or tomorrow. Peak intensity may be reached by Saturday.