The arrival of Super Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak) threatened the country after it destroyed homes in Micronesia. Fortunately, this typhoon is no longer as strong as before as it weakened into a tropical depression after making its landfall in several parts of Northern Luzon in the afternoon of April 5 (Sunday).
This update eased the fears of thousands of residents who fled from remote coastal villages in fear of experiencing potential giant waves. More than 25,000 residents from coastal villages in Dinapigue, a remote town on Luzon’s northeast coast, were asked to evacuate. Tourists who were also within the area were asked to take precautions as the typhoon could produce storm surges.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster, Manny Mendoza, stated that this Low Pressure Area (LPA) could still intensify again into a cyclone if it exits the land mass and once it moves away from the country. In a radio interview, he added that Chedeng weakened due to its encounter with the land mass in Sierra Madre and Caraballo Mountains.
However, Mendoza also stated that there is a possibility that Chedeng could regain its strength by the time it hits the South China Sea. He explains that when a storm is near the sea, it can strengthen the LPA.
The latest update of PAGASA reads that light to moderate rains are still expected over Northern and Central Luzon. As of 5:00 P.M, all public storm warning signal is lifted. The agency also clarified that fisherfolks and small seacrafts are alerted against moderate to rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon.