MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Karen" may stay inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) until Sunday if it is to maintain its current speed and direction, a state weather forecaster said on Wednesday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Chris Perez said Karen may intensify further as it remains over the East Philippine Sea.
"Itong si Karen, inaasahan na lalabas ito ng PAR patungo sa southern island ng Japan sa bandang Linggo ng madaling araw. So medyo matagal pa ang ilalagi nito sa Philippine sea at posible pang mabago ang pagkilos at lakas nito," Perez told dzMM.
PAGASA said Karen was located 660 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar at 4 a.m., and was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Karen was moving north northwest at 15 kph.
Perez said Karen remains too far to directly affect any part of the country.
He explained that the rains felt in the country are due to localized thunderstorms and enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat).
Meanwhile, a low pressure area (LPA) that could develop into a tropical cyclone was also spotted 240 kms west of Zambales.
The weather bureau said Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
Occasional moderate to heavy rains are expected over eastern Visayas, Zamboanga and CARAGA region. The rest of the country will have scattered light to moderate rains.
Small boats and sea crafts are warned against venturing out into the sea, especially in the country's eastern seaboard, due to rough sea conditions.
PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south, and the coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate.