Typhoon Chedeng weakens into tropical storm

Typhoon Chedeng has been been downgraded into a tropical storm, according to the latest bulletin issued Saturday by the state weather bureau.

PAGASA reported that as of 4 p.m. on April 4, the center of the storm was spotted 340 kilometers Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 kms per hour near the center and gusts of up to 145 kph.

Tropical Storm Chedeng is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph. It is expected to be in the vicinity of Malibcong, Abra on Sunday afternoon and 445 km Northwest of Laoag City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Monday afternoon.

The areas with public storm warning signals, according to PAGASA, are the following:

Signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hrs)
  • Isabela
  • Aurora
Impacts of the wind
  • Heavy damage to agricultural plantation, medium and large trees maybe uprooted
  • Considerable damage to structure of light to medium construction, while, majority of nipa and cogon houses unroofed or destroyed
  • Severe damage to Billboards & signages
  • Evacuation to a safer shelters is highly recommended
  • Electrical power distribution and communication services maybe severely disrupted
  • Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against flashfloods and landslides.
Signal No. 2 (winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs)
  • Northern Quezon
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Southern Cagayan
  • Kalinga
  • Mt. Province
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Viscaya
  • Quirino
  • Catanduanes
Impacts of the wind
  • Rice and corn maybe adversely affected
  • Few large trees uprooted
  • Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially or totally unroofed and old galvanized iron roofs may roll off.
  • Billboards/Signage may roll off
  • Travel by all types of sea vessels and aircrafts are risky
  • These areas will have stormy weather with heavy rains.
Signal No. 1 (winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hrs)
  • Rest of Cagayan including Babuyan Island
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Rizal
  • Rest of Quezon including Polillo Island
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
Impacts of the wind
  • Twigs and branches of trees maybe broken
  • Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground
  • Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage
  • Some nipa and cogon houses maybe partially unroofed
  • Sea travel of small sea crafts and fishing boats is risky
  • These areas will have occasional rains with occasional gusty winds.
State forecasters said the estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 150 km radius of the tropical storm. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with storm signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the northern seaboard of Luzon and eastern seaboard of Bicol Region. Sea surface waves of up to 6-8 meters near the center of Tropical Storm Chedeng, PAGASA added.