Typhoon Maysak has gradually intensified as it continues to tread on a West to West-NorthWestward direction across the Western Pacific. It is expected to pass near Faraulep Atoll early tonight, on its way to Yap Island.
The eye of the typhoon is now at 8.9°N, 145.3°E, about 95 km East-Northeast of Faraulep Atoll in Yap State... 790 km East-Southeast of Yap Island...1130 km outside PAGASA-Manila's AoR... 2100 km East of Northeast Mindanao.
Maysak is now packing winds of 150 kph (10 min average)/170 kph (1 min), slightly accelerated as it is moving to the West at 24 kph. The storm is expected to pass well south of Guam tonight and move near Yap Island by the morning hours of Wednesday as a 190 kph Category 3 typhoon.
Based on the forecast tracks released by the Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Chinese weather agencies along with the JTWC this afternoon -- Typhoon Maysak is forecast to cross the PAGASA-Manila AoR boundary line by Wednesday night. The 5 day forecast tracks bring the storm near the Bicol Region by Black Saturday afternoon.
PAGASA-Manila shall name the system locally as "CHEDENG".
Typhoon Maysak is expected to encounter moderately high wind shear (upper atmospheric winds) of 20-30 kts (35-50 kph) and slightly less favorable sea temperatures once it reaches the Philippine Sea by midweek, weakening the system but intensity estimates by the above-mentioned agencies still have Maysak as a still-potentially damaging 140 kph Typhoon by Saturday.
Do take note that 5 days is still a bit long-range, forecasts may change from time to time.
Interests in Yap State in Micronesia; Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and the Manila region should continue to monitor the progress of Typhoon Maysak... as the Philippines goes on a long Holy Week holiday this weekend.
Typhoon Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for islands in Yap State. Kindly refer to official warnings posted by the NWS in Guam. Please be advised to monitor official warnings from your local weather and disaster preparedness agencies.