Tropical Storm, LPA bring rains over Philippines

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MANILA -- Expect rains over Visayas and Mindanao as Tropical Storm "Karen" (international name: Sanba) and a low pressure area (LPA) continue to hover, the state weather bureau said on Wednesday.

As of 10 a.m., Karen was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 620 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.

Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the tropical storm has slightly accelerated as it continues to move over the east of Philippine sea.

He said if it will not change its track, Karen is not expected make landfall in any part of the country.

Karen is forecast at 770 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon by Thursday morning and at 620 km east of Tuguegarao City by Friday morning.

Aurelio said "Karen" is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by weekend and will move towards Japan.

In a separate note, weather website said Karen will develop into a typhoon by Wednesday night.

"Long-range forecasts take Sanba on a north-northwesterly track heading through this weekend, which would bring the center of the storm near Kadena Air Base in the Ryukyu Islands on Sunday. By early next week, Sanba could impact southwestern Japan or South Korea bringing gusty winds and heavy rain to the region," meteorologist Erik Wanenchak said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 20 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 550-km diameter of the tropical storm.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao due to Karen.

Most affected areas by the tropical storm -- Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga and Caraga regions-- will have occasional moderate to heavy rain that could trigger landslides and flashfloods, the agency warned.

Pagasa said no public storm signal was raised.

Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with light to moderate rains, while the rest of the country will have scattered light to moderate rains.

On the other hand, the LPA spotted off 240 west of Zambales continues to move westward and has chance to become tropical cyclone since it is in the sea, Aurelio said.

But once it intensifies into a cyclone, he said, it will be named "Lawin," the 12th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year. (PNA/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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