MANILA – Typhoon “Karen” slightly intensified as it continued to move over the East Philippine Sea.
According to weather bureau PAGASA’s latest bulletin, the typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gust winds of up to 160 kph.
The eye of the typhoon was spotted around 740 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora at 4 p.m.
PAGASA has not raised any storm signals, as of posting.
The weather bureau said "Karen" is still far to have any direct effect on the country.
Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, the typhoon is moving northwest at a speed of 15 kph.
But PAGASA stressed that the weather disturbance will most likely not make landfall as it moves towards Taiwan or southern Japan.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is being enhanced by this typhoon and will bring thick clouds with moderate to heavy rains over CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the western sections of Visayas.
The typhoon is expected to be 550 km east of Aparri by Friday afternoon and 350 km east of Basco, Batanes by Saturday afternoon.
By Sunday morning, the typhoon is expected to be 440 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes, on the way to leaving the PAR.
The weather bureau has also has spotted a low pressure area outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 580 km east of Iba, Zambales that could bring rains to central and southern Luzon. -- With a report from ANC