Bicol braces for 'Chedeng'


Posted at May 22 2011 03:52 PM | Updated as of May 23 2011 03:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Bicol Region is bracing for Tropical Storm "Chedeng" (international name Songda) as the weather disturbance is expected to affect Eastern Luzon by Wednesday.

If it stays on track, the storm is expected to hit land further up north.

State weather bureau PAGASA said Chedeng will bring rains and wind in Bicol, as well as Metro Manila, in the next few days.

Chedeng is now packing 85 kilometer per hour winds and is moving west-north-west at 11 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA, in a weather advisory, said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the storm was last spotted 1,070 kilometers east of Northern Mindanao.

PAGASA said Chedeng may strengthen into a typhoon.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said they are preparing evacuation measures should the weather turn worse.

He added that they are expecting the storm to be worse than the last, which killed 35 people in Camarines Sur, and damaged crops and infrastructure worth a billion and a half pesos. - with reports from ANC