MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm "Chedeng" maintained its strength Monday and continued to head for Luzon, state weather forecasters said.
In an 11 p.m. tropical cyclone update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical, and Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm was last spotted 640 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar.
Chedeng is now packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph, as it moves west northwest at 17 kph.
A PAGASA forecast map predicts that it will make landfall in Northern Luzon on Wednesday night. Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said Chedeng may develop into a typhoon while public storm signals could be raised in the next 2 days.
PAGASA typhoon Chedeng update:
Issued at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, 24 May 2011 Tropical Storm “CHEDENG” has slowed down as it moves in a West Northwest direction. Location of Center:
(as of 10:00 a.m.) 490 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Coordinates: 12.1°N, 130.5°E Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph
Movement: West Northwest at 13 kph
390 km East Southeast of Virac, Catanduanes
180 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or
360 km Southeast Casiguran, Aurora
130 km Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or
220 km Southeast of Aparri, Cagayan
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