Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Typhoon Songda (Chedeng) Update #11

Typhoon Songda (Chedeng) has drifted westward over the past 6 hours. It was last located about 780km east southeast of Manila or about 300km east northeast of Borongan. Maximum sustained winds have increased further to 150kph. As of 5am PAGASA has raised Public Storm Signal Warning #2 for Catandanuanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Samar Provinces. Signal #1 for Marinduque, Masbate, Burias and Ticao Islands, Southern Quezon, Polilio Island, and Biliran Island.

Latest ir image continues to show the developing eye and convection flaring in the eyewall. Outer rainbands are moving westward towards the Bicol Region and Samar. Expect light to moderate rain accompanied by gusty winds at times.

Recent developments suggest Songda may be moving more westward than previously thought, this could have major repercussions for Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon. Next update will be around 3pm to discuss our forecast for Northern Luzon.
Issued (2330 UTC) 730am PhT 052511

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