TS Karding maintains strength, continues path westward

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — Tropical Storm Karding (international name: Yagi) is continuing on a westward path, enhancing the southwest monsoon that is expected to dump moderate to heavy rains over northern and central Luzon starting Friday, the government weather bureau said.

As of the latest data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday, Karding was last spotted at sea around 1,160 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It was packing maximum winds of 65 kph, and gustiness of 80 kph.

PAGASA said Karding, along with a low pressure area (LPA) being monitored, would enhance the southwest monsoon (Habagat) which in turn would bring widespread moderate to heavy rains over the western sections of northern and central Luzon beginning Friday.

Residents in those areas, particularly those near rivers, in low-lying areas, and mountainous areas were advised to be on the lookout for possible flooding and landslides.

Karding is not expected to make landfall anywhere in the country, however the LPA may develop into a storm within the next 24 to 48 hours.

No storm warnings have been raised, although PAGASA warned sea travel would be risk over the western seaboards of Luzon.

Karding is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility between Friday evening or Saturday morning.