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Philippine Typhoon Karen Intensifies

Tropical depression “Karen” intensified into a storm on 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 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, tropical storm Karen was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 800 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.7°N, 134.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Galang said it is forecast to move north at 11kph. If does not change its movement, “Karen is expected to be out in the Philippine Area of Resposibility (PAR) by Sunday evening towards Taiwan or Southern Japan.

Galang said 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 which may trigger 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, Galang 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.

Galang said the SLPA was spotted at 170 km west of Bataan (14.5°N, 118.5°E) and has small chance to become tropical cyclone but the weather agency continues to monitor.

Once the weather disturbance becomes a tropical cyclone, it will be named “Lawin,” the 12th cyclone to enter the country this year.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest and Manila Bay will be slight to moderate.

PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao with moderate to rough seas.

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