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Typhoon Karen enhances southwest monsoon, continues to bring rain

 

MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – Luzon and Visayas will experience rains as typhoon Karen continued to enhance the southwest monsoon, the state weather bureau announced Friday.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said typhoon Karen is packed with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

As of 4 p.m. Friday it was located at 770 km Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan (19.6°N, 129.8°E).

PAGASA has not raised any storm signal as Karen is too far to directly affect the country.

And although Karen is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country, it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon.

Karen is moving north at 15 kph and will traverse the east Philippine Sea on its way to southern Japan. It is expected to leave the Philippine territory by Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), MIMAROPA (Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Palawan) and Bicol Region will continue to experience occasionally moderate to heavy rains that could trigger flash floods and landslides.

Visayas and Northern Luzon will be cloudy with scattered light to moderate rains while Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms in the evening.

PAGASA said Metro Manila will be cloudy with occasionally moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms. Manila Bay will be moderate to rough.

Moderate to strong winds from the Northeast to Northwest will prevail over Northern Luzon while the rest of the country will experience Southwesterly wind.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

PAGASA, meanwhile, issued a warning that strong wind is expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Luzon and Visayas, the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon.

The weather agency discouraged fishing boats and other small sea crafts from venturing into the sea and advised larger sea vessels to be alert against big waves.

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