Low pressure area to bring heavy rains in Visayas

State weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a brewing tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean that is expected to hit Surigao on Tuesday before crossing the islands of Visayas.

But this early, Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul ruled out the possibility that it will develop into tropical depression “Sendong” given the low pressure area’s proximity to land. (More)

Chedeng intensifies further

MANILA — Typhoon Chedeng intensified further late Wednesday night as it moved northwest and may make landfall Friday afternoon over Aurora and Isabela provinces.

In its 11 p.m. Wednesday bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Chedeng was at 310 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar.

It said Chedeng (international codename: Songda) packed maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, gustiness of up to 185 kph and moving northwest at 15 kph.

Public storm signal no. 2 has been raised over the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, and Samar provinces.

Meanwhile, public storm signal no. 1 has been hoisted over Marinduque, Masbate, Burias and Ticao islands, Quezon including Polilio Island and Aurora, Northern Leyte, and Biliran Island.

Robert Sawi, Pagasa acting weather division chief, said Chedeng is expected to make landfall near the vicinity of Aurora and Isabela around 2 p.m. Friday.

Pagasa’s forecast is now consistent with international weather agencies, which believed that Chedeng will only graze some parts of Northern Luzon.

In its 11:40 a.m. update, the Japanese Meteorological Agency projected Chedeng to reach the east of Luzon by Thursday, east of Northeast Luzon by Friday, and east of Extreme Northern Luzon by Saturday. (more)