By ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Tropical cyclone Chedeng (international name Maysak) is now a super typhoon, US military and government meteorologists said Tuesday.
The super typhoon is expected to make landfall Sunday over Aurora province in the Philippines, according to the US Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Hawaii.
The US National Weather Service, which is also monitoring the cyclone in Guam, expects Chedeng’s peak intensity to be at around 287 kilometers per hour, which is equivalent to a Category 5 cyclone.
It was last spotted near Fais in the Caroline Islands.
State weather bureau PAGASA expects Chedeng to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday or Thursday.
Chedeng is now packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 240kph, PAGASA said late Tuesday night.
Aside from strong winds, Chedeng is carrying heavy rainfall near its center in excess of 50 mm per hour, according to US NASA data.
The JTWC, in its latest advisory, said Chedeng will continue to move west northwest while it bears down on eastern Luzon.
It expects Chedeng to exit the Philippines through Pangasinan.
The Palace earlier on Tuesday said the government is prepared for Chedeng.
Presidential spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacierda told reporters that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and its attached agencies are on top of the situation.
“Insofar as the roles of each cabinet agency, alam na po nila ang gagawin, kung kalian aabisuhan ang government units affected,” he said.
“We’ll be able to anticipate and prepare for the oncoming typhoon.” – with a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News