Typhoon Karen exits Philippines as a super-typhoon waits in the wings

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In Baler, Typhoon Karen toppled trees, ripped off roofs, and destroyed houses made of light materials.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Karen, which forced the evacuation of thousands and damaged property on the eastern Philippine coast, moved out of the Philippine Area of Responsibilty on Monday, even as a new, potential super-typhoon hovered off the central islands of Visayas, weather forecasters said.

As of 4:00 a.m., the eye of Karen (international code name: Sarika) was located 565 km west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)  said.

This, as PAGASA monitors the entry later Monday of a new typhoon, named Lawin (international code name: Haima).

The eye of Typhoon Haima, which is still outside  the Philippine Area of Responsibility, was spotted 1,430 kms east of Visayas.

The effects of Lawin are not expected until the next two days, online meteorological agency weather.com.ph said in its bulletin.

Also read: PAGASA: Typhoon Lawin to enter PAR Monday, may intensify into a super-typhoon

Wrath of 'Karen'

Moderate to heavy rains are still expected today within the 500-km diameter of typhoon Karen. The northern and western Philippine coasts remain hazardous to fishermen and those in small seacraft, it added.

Filipinos in central Luzon felt the wrath of Typhoon Karen over the weekend.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 9,600 individuals or 2,500 families living in the areas in the path of the typhoon were pre-emptively evacuated. More than 1,800 families were directly affected by Typhoon Karen. There have been no fatalities recorded yet by authorities.

The local government of Baler reported one injury as the typhoon brought intense rains and strong winds. It toppled trees, ripped off roofs, and destroyed houses made of light materials. Power lines were  also down in the entire province of Aurora.

Social Welfare Sec. Judy Taguiwalo said in a press briefing that disaster officials are validating reports of casualties before reporting them to the public.

She added the department is "satisfied" that disaster officials and agencies were able to respond "as quickly as possible" to typhoon-related concerns.

Related: TY #KarenPH slams across central Luzon, officials assessing damage

The province of Nueva Ecija also experienced moderate to heavy rains as Karen battered central Luzon. At least 25 families have been evacuated at the Bagting Elementary School in the municipality of Gabaldon.

In Pangasinan, residents felt the effects of Typhoon Karen since early Sunday. It rained hard and winds were gusting as well.

Related: Typhoon Karen batters Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan

The disaster council, local authorities, and social welfare department remain on high alert, as Karen's effects are montiored as they continue to monitor the effects of Karen, and anticipate the entry of  typhoon Lawin.