Tropical depression “Chedeng” has picked up strength and developing into a tropical storm as it moved over the Philippine Sea east of Eastern Visayas on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
In its latest bulletin issued 11 a.m., the state weather bureau last spotted Chedeng in the eastern Philippine Sea about 1,170 kilometers east of Southeastern Luzon.
As “Chedeng” continued to consolidate while intensifying, it is forecast to gradually accelerate and move generally northwestward in the next 24 hours before turning west northwestward on Thursday, the PAGASA reported.
Later on, the tropical cyclone was seen to begin turning towards the northwest on Friday and to the north during the weekend, and that throughout the forecast period, it will remain far from the Philippine landmass.
Owing to favorable environmental conditions, the tropical depression is forecast to intensify in the next four days and may be upgraded to tropical storm category in the next 12 hours, the weather bureau said.
It may reach typhoon category by Thursday and reach its peak intensity on Friday or during the weekend while over the Philippine Sea east of Northern Luzon, it added.
PAGASA advised concerned public and disaster riskreduction and management offices to take all necessary measures to protect life and property.
Residents of areas prone to hazards are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.
There are no wind signals raised at this time, according to PAGASA.
Chedeng’s center was estimated at 1,150 kms east of Southeastern Luzon.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h, it was moving almost stationary.
“We cannot see any direct effect in terms of wind signal, the chance is low so the chance of heavy rainfall warning is also low,” PAGASA said.
The agency said Chedeng is expected to develop into a tropical storm by Wednesday as it gets closer to the country.
“Owing to favorable environmental conditions, Chedeng is forecast to intensity in the next four days and may be upgraded to tropical storm category by tomorrow,” PAGASA said.
At 11 a.m., Chedeng was located 1,170 kilometers east of Central Luzon, packing a maximum sustained winds of 45 km per hour (kph), gustiness of up to 55 kph.
Chedeng’s strong winds extend outwards up to 360 km from the center.
The tropical depression was almost stationary.
While Chedeng is unlikely to directly bring heavy rainfall over any portion of the country in the next three to five days, PAGASA said it is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.
PAGASA advised the public to keep monitoring updates as the agency will issue weather advisories if there is an increasing chance of heavy rainfall within the next three days.
The tropical depression is unlikely to cause rough sea conditions over the coastal waters of the country in the next 24 hours, PAGASA said.
Chedeng is expected to remain far from the Philippine landmass, according to PAGASA.
It is seen to gradually accelerate and move generally northwestward today before turning west-northwestward on Wednesday.
Chedeng will maintain its west northwestward movement from Wednesday until Thursday before turning towards the northwest on Friday and to the north during the weekend.
It was packing winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and 55 kph gusts, with “almost stationary” movement reported.
While it may further intensify into a tropical storm by Wednesday, PAGASA said Chedeng was unlikely to directly bring heavy rainfall to any part of the country as it is forecast to remain far from the Philippine landmass. Wind signals were also unlilkely.
It is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) and may bring rains to parts of the country, although the areas that would be affected, timing, and intensity may still change.
“A weather advisory will be issued by PAGASA should there be an increasing chance of monsoon heavy rainfall within the next three days,” the state weather bureau added.