...but no storm signals raised, PAGASA says
MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Karen has gained strength as it continues to move over the East Philippine Sea Thursday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
No public storm warning has been raised because the typhoon is far from land.
In an 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon's eye was last spotted 680 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.
It is now packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph.
It forecast to move north-northwest at 15 kph.
The typhoon is expected to be at 610 km east of Calayan, Cagayan Friday night evening and at 530 km east of Taiwan by Saturday evening.
It is carrying an estimated rainfall amount of between 15mm to 30 mm per hour within its 550 km diameter.
"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of the country due to strong winds generated by Typhoon 'Karen,'" PAGASA said.
It said the typhoon and a low pressure area 320 km west of Bataan are expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring light to moderate rains over Metro Manila and occasional moderate to heavy rains over CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and western Visayas.