MANILA – Tropical cyclone warning signal number 3 was raised over Aurora, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Northern Quezon on Saturday morning as Typhoon Karen (international name: Sarika) continued to barrel towards Luzon, state weather bureau Pagasa said.
In its 11 a.m. briefing, Pagasa said areas under signal number 3 will experience heavy rains and strong winds that can trigger storm surges as high as 2.5 meters, while areas under signal numbers 1 and 2 will be battered by moderate to heavy rains for 36 hours.
Areas under signal number 2 are as follows:
– rest of Quezon
– Camarines Sur
– Nueva Ecija
– Nueva Vizcaya
– La Union
While signal number 1 was hoisted over the following areas:
– Oriental Mindoro
– Metro Manila
– Mountain Province
– Northern Samar
Typhoon Karen is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 180 kph, according to Pagasa.
It is travelling west northwest, towards Central Luzon at 17 kph, and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Monday morning.
“A high pressure area near China has been causing ‘Karen’ to move slowly,” Pagasa said.
Another tropical storm with the international name “Haima” may enter PAR on Monday, PAGASA said.
The storm, which will be called “Lawin” once it enters PAR, is located 1,840 kilometers east of Mindanao and is moving west northwest at 13 kph.