Families from Mindanao were evacuated Monday night right as tropical depression Chedeng drew closer to land over Davao Occidental. Around 500 families in Malita town in Chedeng’s path took shelter in evacuation centers, many of whom schools were repurposed to be such.
Weather bureau PAGASA stated Chedeng, the third tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, is predicted to hit land early Tuesday.
Chedeng was last spotted 105 kilometers east of General Santos City according in its 5 a.m. bulletin, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 60 kph. The storm is moving west-southwest at a speed of 15 kph.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains over areas which could be hit by winds of up to 30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours.
The areas in Mindanao listed to be at Signal no. 1 are Compostela Valley, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, eastern portion of North Cotabato, eastern portion of South Cotabato, -eastern portion of Sarangani, eastern portion of Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City, southern portion of Davao del Norte, including Samal Island.
PAGASA noted Chedeng is expected to weaken into a low-pressure area (LPA) after landfall but would still expect moderate to heavy rains over most of Mindanao.
Small sea crafts were advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao.
Class suspension were in effect Tuesday of parts of Mindanao due to rains from the tropical depression.