Signal no. 3 in 4 areas; Karen off to Quezon-Aurora

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MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Karen (Sarika) passed north of Catanduanes on Saturday morning, October 15, and is now moving towards the Quezon-Aurora area.

In its bulletin issued 11 am on Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Karen is 95 kilometers north northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, moving west northwest at 17 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 130 km/h and gustiness of up to 180 km/h.

Signal number 3 is raised in the following areas:

Signal number 2 is up in these areas:

PAGASA warned that storm surges up to 2.5 meters high are possible in coastal areas of provinces under signal numbers 2 and 3.

The following areas, meanwhile, are under signal number 1:

Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon. Residents of areas under warning signals should watch out for possible floods and landslides.

Metro Manila, in particular, will experience "rains with some gusty winds" starting Saturday night.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel in the seaboard of Eastern Samar is risky.

Karen is expected to be over Polillo Island between 2 am and 5 am on Sunday, October 16, before making landfall in the Quezon-Aurora area between 5 am and 7 am.

After hitting land, it will cross Central Luzon the rest of Sunday morning and then exit landmass via Pangasinan by afternoon.

The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday, October 17, between 5 am and 7 am.

Forecast track of Typhoon Karen as of October 15, 11 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Typhoon Karen as of October 15, 11 am.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

PAGASA is also monitoring Tropical Storm Haima, which is 1,840 km east of Mindanao, or still outside PAR.

Haima is expected to enter PAR on Monday and will be given the local name Lawin. – Rappler.com