MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Chedeng (international name: Songda) will become stronger as it nears the Philippines, U.S. military weather forecasters warned on Wednesday.
The typhoon is already packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph, according to weather bureau PAGASA, in its 11 p.m. tropical cyclone update.
Chedeng has intensified over the past 12 hours in the highly favorable environment of the Philippine Sea, according to the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The center is a joint U.S. Navy-Air Force task force that is responsible for issuing tropical cyclone warnings for all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies.
“Favorable oceanographic conditions will allow for continued intensification,” the JTWCsaid in a report.
It added that the typhoon will only weaken after skirting the country’s eastern section and upon reaching the waters north of Okinawa, Japan.