'Karen' avoiding PH on its way to Okinawa
MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Karen (international codename Sanba) was still crossing the Philippine Sea on Saturday, September 14, as the Japanese island of Okinawa prepares for its arrival.
As of 4 am, Karen was located 690 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes (21.7°N, 129.4°E), carrying maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 220 km/h.
It is moving north at a steady speed of 15 km/h towards Okinawa, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 5 am bulletin.
Karen is expected to be 660 km east of southern Taiwan by Saturday evening, and will reach Okinawa by Sunday. Heavy to intense rainfall (15-30 mm/h) is expected with the 550 km diameter of the typhoon.
Forecast tracks from the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Taiwan Central Weather Bureau, and the Japan Meteorological Agency show it eventually moving towards the general direction of the Korean peninsula.
The JTWC has categorized Karen/Sanba as a supertyphoon, and it will pass close to the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, based on forecasts.
Karen is not directly affecting the Philippines, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon. No public storm warning signal is in effect in any part of the country.
The monsoon will continue to bring light to moderate rain over parts of Luzon and Visayas, particularly over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol CALABARZON and MIMAROPA.
Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Karen's strong winds will also affect the coastal waters along the country's east coast, which could be dangerous to small seacraft. - Rappler.com