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Brace up for super typhoon Chedeng

PAGASA Super typhoon ‘Maysak’, locally called Chedeng, was detected by PAGASA from its initial position just outside of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Apr 1. The weather administration forecasts that by the succeeding days until April 5, Chedeng will continue moving towards north-northwest of the country, covering the northern island group of Luzon. Everyone is enjoined to monitor weather news developments, preparation and rescue efforts in areas the storm will cover.

As of 10 a.m., Apr 2, the center of the storm was at 995 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar or 915 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar with map coordinates of 12.4 degrees north, 133.8 degrees east. As of this finding, the super typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph and is expected to move west northwest at 19 kph.

PAGASA also provides forecast positions for super tyhpoon Chedeng:

For the next 24 hours
740 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte, Friday morning

For the next 48 hours
595 east of Virac, Catanduanes, Saturday morning

For the next 72 hours
130 km northeast of Baguio City, Sunday morning

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 150-200 km radius and within the next 12 hours, PAGASA will raise public storm warning signal number one over Bicol and the Samar provinces. Sea travel over these areas will be dangerous. Chedeng is estimated to make landfall over the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela in the late hours of April 4 (Saturday) or early the next day. The public is warned of possible flashfloods on low-lying areas and landslides on moutain slopes, particularly over Aurora-Isabela area. Surface waves and storm surges of up to 4 meters high is a possible threat over the eastern coast of Samar, Bicol and Aurora, Quezon. The public is therefore advised to take appropriate actions to prepare for medical, food and drinking supply and to stay safe until the storm is over.

The next bulletin from PAGASA is at 11 pm tonight.


Mejia present during PNoy round of Batangas seaport

MARINA Administrator Maximo Q. Mejia Jr. is certain that the Batangas Port Passenger Terminal is in good shape and that sea passenger vessels are sea-worthy and safe; yet despite that, he departs for Batangas early today to be present as President Benigno S. Aquino III makes rounds to seaport, airport, and bus terminals to ensure that Filipinos travel to their hometowns for the Semana Santa or Holy Week safe and sound through the Oplan Ligtas Biyahe project of the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Although PAGASA just earlier reported of a looming super typhoon that just entered the Philippine area of responsibility, maritime travel safety is in place, especially for the rise in volume of maritime passengers this season.