MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Chedeng” (international name Songda) intensified yesterday but changed direction, hugging the eastern seaboard as it moved away from the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA supervising undersecretary Graciano Yumul said Chedeng would still bring heavy rains and gusty winds over the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Benguet,
Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Cagayan Valley, Quirino and Aurora until the weekend.
“It has a big radius, so it can affect many areas even if it does not make landfall,” said forecaster Mario Palafox.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, storm warning signal number 1 was still hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Quirino, Aurora, Quezon province, including Polillo Islands, Isabela and Cagayan.
As of 4 p.m., the eye of Chedeng was spotted 260 kilometers north northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 300 kms southeast of Casiguran, Aurora packing winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
Chedeng was forecast to move northwest at 19 kph.