“Chedeng” to make landfall over Davao Occidental today, March 19

(Eagle News)–“Chedeng” is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Occidental today, March 19, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

In its latest advisory, PAGASA said the tropical depression, which, as of 4 a.m., was located 105 kilometers east of General Santos City, would make landfall between 2 to 6 a.m.

It is expected to weaken into a Low Pressure Area after landfall.

Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, General Santos City, Davao Occidental, the southern portion of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, eastern portion of North Cotabato, eastern portion of South Cotabato, eastern portion of Sarangani, and the eastern portion of Sultan Kudarat.

Today, scattered to at times widespread moderate to heavy rains may be experienced over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, and portions of Northern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Zamboanga Peninsula, PAGASA said.

According to the weather bureau, those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS).