'Chedeng' may hit Metro Manila; Signal No. 2 up in Bicol, Samar


Posted at May 25 2011 08:46 AM | Updated as of May 26 2011 12:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines – There is a possibility that typhoon “Chedeng” may hit Metro Manila, The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Wednesday morning, after the tropical storm was seen in a continued westward movement.

DOST said the possibility has been developing since Tuesday night.

“Kapag tumama si Chedeng sa Samar, ang susunod na tatamaan ay Bicol. At kapag tumama sa Bicol, ang posibilidad na tumama sa NCR [National Capital Region] ay naroroon,” DOST Undersecretary Graciano Yumul told radio dzMM.

Yumul said gustiness and rains will be felt in Samar and Bicol around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Metro Manila, meanwhile, is expected to experience rains over the weekend, said Yumul.

Visayas and Mindanao will also experience rains coming from the southwest monsoon.

Signal No. 2

Public storm signal No.2 was raised over Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and the Samar Provinces, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday morning.

Signal No. 1 was raised in Marinduque, Masbate, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Southern Quezon, Polillo Island and Biliran Island.

As of 4:00 a.m., Chedeng was spotted at 365 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 115 kilometers per hour, PAGASA said.

It is expected to move west northwest at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour.

Chedeng is expected to be 160 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes on Thursday morning.

By Friday morning, Chedeng is expected to be 120 kilometers Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora and 40 kilometers Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by Saturday morning, according to PAGASA.

PAGASA continues to remind residents in low lying and mountainous areas under storm signals No. 2 and No.1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Residents living in coastal areas are likewise alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by Chedeng.