MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Karen slightly accelerated on Thursday afternoon, October 13, as it moved closer to the Bicol Region.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Karen is already 520 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, moving west northwest at 13 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 11 km/h.
It maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
Signal number 1 is now raised in Catanduanes, while the rest of the Bicol Region could also be placed under signal number 1 by Thursday night or Friday morning, October 14.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 300-km diameter of the tropical depression.
Karen is expected to strengthen further into a tropical storm on Friday, and then into a severe tropical storm by Saturday, October 15. It is then projected to intensify into a typhoon.
PAGASA is expected to release more specific details on Karen’s path in its succeeding bulletins.