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article imageStrong typhoon forecast to hit Philippines Friday

By Leo Reyes     May 25, 2011 in Environment
A strong typhoon with large volume of rainwater component is expected to hit the Philippines on Friday according to a late weather forecast by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Typhoon "Chedeng", which was earlier reported to be moving at the speed of 15 kph is headed toward the eastern seaboard of Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph.
PAGASA said there is a possibility typhoon Chedeng may bring heavier rains compared to typhoon Milenyo which flooded wide areas in the country.
Philstar.com reports, "Public storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and the three Samar provinces."
"The weather bureau has included Quezon and Aurora provinces in the list of areas under public storm signal number 1. The other areas under signal number 1 were Marinduque, Masbate, Burias and Ticao Islands, Polilio Island, Biliran Island and northern Leyte", the report added.
Emergency measures are now being readied by authorities and government agencies led by the the National Defense Coordinating Council and the Philippine National Police.
"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", ABS-CBN News reports.
"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", the report added.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino will be out of the country on a state visit to Thailand but will be on top of the situation and will monitor the situation.
“We would like to ask the citizens to cooperate with our local officials. We appeal to people in the affected areas to coordinate with our local officials if they are advised to evacuate," Lacierda said.
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