TS Karding changes course, to bring rains over Northern and Central Luzon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — Tropical Storm Karding (international name: Yagi) has shifted course and is now moving northeast. It is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring moderate to heavy rains in northern and central Luzon starting Friday, the government weather bureau said.

In its latest advisory on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm was located 1,190 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes maintaining its maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 80 kph.

PAGASA has not released any storm signal warnings and said Karding was not expected to make landfall as it travels along its course at 10 kph.

However, the storm and the low pressure area (LPA) being monitored will affect the southwest monsoon (habagat), which will bring scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains over Northern and Central Luzon, especially the western section, beginning Friday, the weather agency said.

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.

Sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of Luzon.

Karding is forecast to be outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday evening.