'Chedeng' maintains strength, expected to weaken after the next 12 hours - PAGASA

Typhoon Chedeng (international name Guchol) is expected to maintain its strength within the next 12 hours before entering a weakening trend tomorrow, June 11, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In its 11 a.m. bulletin on Saturday, June 10, PAGASA said that Chedeng was last spotted 880 kilometers East of Northern Luzon or 840 km east of extreme Northern Luzon.

Chedeng packs maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph, while slowly moving northward. PAGASA said that it is forecasted to remain as a typhoon within the forecast period.

Based on the latest forecast track, Chedeng will remain far from the country's landmass. It is forecasted to move northward or north-northeastward on Saturday (June 10) through Sunday morning (June 11) before turning generally northeastward for the rest of Sunday.

Chedeng will then accelerate northeastward towards the sea southeast of Japan and east of the Ryukyu Islands and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tomorrow late evening or on Monday early morning.

Meanwhile, no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) are in effect.

The hoisting of wind Signals in anticipation of tropical cyclone severe winds is unlikely at this time. However, the enhancement of the southwest monsoon over the next three days may bring gusty conditions over the following areas (especially in coastal and upland/mountainous localities exposed to winds):

Saturday: Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zambales, Bataan, Camiguin, and Dinagat Islands.

Sunday: Ilocos Region, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Abra, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, and Northern Samar.

Monday: Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, Antique, and Aklan.

PAGASA said that Chedeng is unlikely to directly bring heavy rainfall over the country in the next three days. However, the southwest monsoon, or “habagat”, may be enhanced by Chedeng and bring occasional rains over the western portions of Luzon and Visayas in the next three days.

In the next 24 hours, Chedeng may bring moderate to rough seas over the seaboards of extreme Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of mainland Northern Luzon. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea.

"If inexperienced or operating ill-equipped vessels, avoid navigating in these conditions," PAGASA said.

Considering these developments, PAGASA said that the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take all necessary measures to protect life and property.

"Persons living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials," the state weather bureau said.