Tropical Depression 'Karen' intensifies into a storm-A A +A
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MANILA -- Tropical Depression “Karen” intensified into a storm Tuesday afternoon, bringing rains in most parts of Eastern Visayas and Caraga region, the state weather bureau said.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Jun Galang said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Karen was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 800 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Galang said Karen is forecast to move north at 11 kph. If it will not change its movement, "Karen is expected to be out in the Philippine Area of Resposibility (PAR) by Sunday evening toward Taiwan or Southern Japan."
No public storm warning signal has been raised but "Karen" will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Caraga region. Residents in these areas are warned against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Metro Manila will be mostly cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while the rest of the country will have scattered light to moderate rains.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said the weather disturbance spotted in the Philippine sea has developed into a shallow low pressure area (SLPA) but will not directly affect the country.
The SLPA, spotted at 170 km west of Bataan, has small chance to become tropical cyclone, the Pagasa said.
Once the weather disturbance becomes a tropical cyclone, it will be named “Lawin," the 12th cyclone to enter the country this year.
Pagasa said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao with moderate to rough seas.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to southeast. Coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate. (PNA/Sunnex)