WEATHER ADVISORY NO. 4
FOR: TYPHOON with INTERNATIONAL NAME “MAYSAK”
ISSUED AT: 11:00 AM, 01 April 2015
At 10:00 AM today, the eye of the typhoon with international name “MAYSAK” was located based on all available data at 1,280 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.7?N, 137.4?E). It has maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 17 kph.
This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight until tomorrow morning and will be named “CHEDENG”.
The next update will be incorporated in the Public Weather Forecast to be issued at 5:00 PM today while the next advisory will be issued at 11:00 AM tomorrow.
The tropical cyclone “Maysak” over the northwest Pacific Ocean continued to intensify into a super typhoon on Tuesday, the United States’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.
Within 24 hours, the agency indicated Maysak may reach maximum sustained winds of 287 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 351 kph.
It is also expected to slightly slow down to winds of up to 277 kph and gustiness of up to 314 kph by Wednesday.
Some homes on a western Pacific Ocean island have been destroyed by typhoon-force winds, were expected to bear down on a neighboring island in the Federated States of Micronesia.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday night released a high-resolution image of tropical cyclone Chedeng (international name Maysak), as it intensified into a super typhoon and reached Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
The image was taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Two other satellites co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency found heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the super typhoon.
One storm in the cyclone’s western side reached heights close to 16 kilometers on Tuesday, NASA said.
The eye of the super typhoon measured almost 28 kilometers wide.
Aside from strong winds, Chedeng is carrying heavy rainfall near its center in excess of 50 mm per hour, according to NASA data.
State weather bureau PAGASA on late Tuesday night said Chedeng is now packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 240kph.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) forecasts Chedeng to peak at 287 kph before weakening.
The JTWC’s latest track expects Chedeng to make landfall in Aurora province on Sunday and exit the Philippines through Pangasinan.
Under PAGASA classification, meanwhile, the cyclone may fall under the lower “typhoon” category of 118 to 220 kph as it approaches the Philippine landmass by weekend. It will then be named “Chedeng.”
In its 11 a.m. advisory on Tuesday, PAGASA said “Maysak” was located 1,820 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.
“This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow evening or Thursday early morning,” the state weather bureau said.
PAGASA will have a more accurate forecast of the typhoon when it enters PAR by Thursday night or Wednesday morning.
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