Tropical storm 'Karen' strengthens
MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm 'Karen' (international codename Sanba) continues to strengthen as it moves towards the northwest, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday, September 12.
The tropical storm continued to intensify on Wednesday afternoon, and was last located 640 km east of Virac, Catanduanes (13.2°N, 130.9°E), with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 120 km/h.
Despite this, the bureau is still considering Karen a tropical storm. The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) already upgraded the weather disturbance to a typhoon as of 4:30 pm Philippine time.
The weather disturbance is still moving at a speed of 15 km/h, towards the northwest, the bureau said in its 24-hour public weather forecast, released at 5 pm Wednesday.
The PAGASA forecast track showed that it is not likely to move near land; instead it will continue to move over the East Philippine Sea.
By Thursday morning it is estimated to be 770 km east of Infanta, Quezon. It will move to 620 km east of Tuguegarao City by Friday morning.
No public storm warning signal has been raised.
Moderate to heavy rainfall (10-20 mm/h) is estimated within the 550 km diameter of the tropical storm.
Meanwhile, rain and clouds are still in the forecast for the next 24 hours.
Metro Manila will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain or thunderstorms in the evening, accompanied by moderate winds from the southwest.
Ilocos region, Mindoro, and Western Visayas, on the other hand, will experience occasional moderate to heavy rain, possibly causing flashfloods and landslides.
The rest of southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate rains, while the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain or thunderstorms in the evening, the bureau said. - Rappler.com