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'Chedeng' to be like 'Ondoy'

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MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Tropical storm "Chedeng," which continues to head for Luzon on Tuesday, could bring heavy rains similar to Typhoon "Ondoy" that devastated Metro Manila in 2009, weather experts said.


Chedeng is estimated to bring rains measuring between 20 to 55 millimeters per hour, similar to the amount of rainwater brought by Ondoy in 2009, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical, and Services Administration (PAGASA) said.


The storm, however, is expected to miss Metro Manila and make landfall somewhere in Northern Luzon, according to PAGASA.


Public storm warning signal No. 1 was raised over Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar, PAGASA announced Tuesday morning, as Chedeng intensifies as it moved westward.


Chedeng packs maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.


The storm was spotted 540 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 4 a.m.


A PAGASA forecast map predicts that it will make landfall in Northern Luzon on Wednesday night.


PAGASA said the storm is expected to reach 330 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning, the storm is expected to reach 210 kilometers east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora.


Disaster management officials have reminded fishermen to refrain from venturing out to sea.


In Metro Manila, aviation authorities are also on alert for the storm.


"Naka-alert na kami, ngayon pa lang...pero hindi natin maiiwasan na baka ma-divert ang ilang eroplano sa Clark," said Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority.


Chedeng is the 2nd weather disturbance to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this month and at least 18 more are expected to hit the country this year.










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