PAGASA: Typhoon Karen intensifies as it threatens Aurora province

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Karen (international name: Sarika) has intensified as it moves towards the Quezon-Aurora area, where it is expected to make landfall Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the eye of the typhoon was located 120 km East Northeast of Infanta, Quezon.

It is packing winds up to 150 kph and gustiness of up to 210 kph, and is expected to move West Northwest at 22 kph.

PAGASA said it is expecting Typhoon Karen to make landfall over Aurora province at around 12 m.n. to 2 a.m. Sunday. It was initially forecast to make landfall on Sunday morning over the Quezon province.

Signal No. 3 is raised in the following areas: 

  • Pangasinan
  • Northern Zambales
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Aurora
  • Northern Quezon including Polilio Island
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino

Signal No. 2 is raised in the following areas:

  • Ilocos Sur
  • Southern Isabela
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Rest of Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Rest of Quezon
  • Camarines Norte

PAGASA warned against the possible occurrence of storm surges in places under Signal No. 3 and 2.

Signal No. 1 is also hoisted in the following areas:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Rest of Isabela
  • Southern Apayao
  • Southern Cagayan
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Marinduque
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Burias Island

On red alert

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is now on red alert status as it prepares for Typhoon Karen's onslaught.

NDRRMC officials said residents should brace for moderate to heavy rains on Saturday evening.

PAGASA asked the public to beware of flash floods and landslides in all areas with tropical cyclone warning signal.

So far, there are at at least 4,000 stranded passengers in different ports of Luzon and Visayas.

There is also an advisory to take down billboards in the areas within the track of Typhoon Karen, including Metro Manila.

 

Typhoon Karen is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Monday.

PAGASA is also closely monitoring another tropical cyclone with international name Haima, which is 1,700 km East of Mindanao  and is expected to enter PAR on Monday. Once it enters PAR, the 12th typhoon to enter the country this year will be named Lawin.

CNN Philippines correspondent Ivy Saunar contributed to this report.

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