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Tropical Cyclone MAYSAK - Federated States of Micronesia, Philippines (ECHO Daily Map | 2/4/2015)

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• MAYSAK (known in the Philippines as CHEDENG) moved west-northwest over the Philippines Sea in the last 24 h, slightly weakening. It has entered in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early on 2 April.

• On 2 April at 6.00 UTC, it was a Typhoon with max. sustained winds of 212 km/h and its center was located over the Philippine Sea, approx. 1 200 km south-east of the northern Philippines.

• In the next 48 hours meantime it is forecast to continue moving north-west towards northern Philippines, slightly weakening, but still remaining a Typhoon. According to the forecasting data of 2 April morning, Typhoon MAYSAK is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Aurora or Isabela provinces (north-eastern Luzon) early in the morning of 5 April.

• In the meantime, in the Federated State of Micronesia, due to the passage of MAYSAK from 27-31 March as a very intense Typhoon (with max. sustained winds up to 260 km/h), relief operations are on going. A State of Emergency was declared in Chuuk State on 30 March, where MAYSAK caused the deaths of at least five people, and houses and crops were destroyed. Homes and crops were also extensively damaged in Ulithi and Fais islands (Yap State), and also in Kosrae island.

• As of 2 April morning, within the next 12 h PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric,
Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) has raise Public Storm Warning Signal #1 over Bicol and Samar Provinces.

• As of of 2 April, an Alert Status at the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) Operations Centre was raised from Blue to Red Alert Status, effective as of 1 April 12.00 (local time).

• Due to the newly developing low pressure system, more rain and wind could affect the Pohnpei area.