Bagyong Chedeng a possible Milenyo-like Super Typhoon

It is being feared that Bagyong Chedeng can become a super typhoon with the same strength as Bagyong Milenyo, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reportedly said on Monday, May 23, 2011.

Bagyong Milenyo in September 2006 ripped Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon Province, Cavite, Albay, Antique and Northern Samar. It reached storm warning signal number 3 and has left 213 people dead, properties and crops worth millions of pesos damaged.

Technically, PAGASA does not have a “super typhoon” category, but the United States-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center declares a cyclone as a super typhoon when its winds exceed 215 kph near the center.

Tropical storm Chedeng is now being felt in some areas in Mindanao as rainshowers and thunderstorms were observed in certain parts of the Davao region and in Cotabato, reports said.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos in a media interview revealed that Bagyong Chedeng will possibly hit regions 8, 5, 4-A, 4-B, 3, Cagayan Valley as well as the Cordillera Administrative Region and the NCR.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol is reportedly preparing for a mandatory evacuation because Bagyong Chedeng might trigger ash explosions that pose danger to residents of areas surrounding the Mayon Volcano and Mt. Bulusan.

As of 5:00 PM of Monday, May 23, the center of Bagyong Chedeng was estimated at 730 kilometers East of Borongan, Eastern Samar, PAGASA reported.

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