The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has announced on Tuesday that the Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) spotted East of Mindanao has developed into a tropical depression and was named “KAREN”.
As of 4PM, tropical storm “KAREN” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 800 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.7°N, 134.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move North at 11 kph. Meanwhile, a Shallow Low Pressure Area (SLPA) was estimated at 170 km West of Bataan (14.5°N, 118.5°E).
No storm signals have been raised in PAGASA’s latest bulletin. ”Karen” is still far to have any direct effect on the country. It is not expected to make landfall as it moves northward towards Taiwan and southern Japan at a speed of 11 kph. However, PAGASA said the storm is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, which may bring heavy rains.
Karen is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either Saturday night or Sunday morning.