'Karen' now a typhoon

Posted at 09/13/12 12:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical cyclone "Karen" is now categorized as a typhoon, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Karen is now packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

However, no storm warning signals have been raised so far.

PAGASA said at 10 a.m., Karen was spotted 760 kms east of Infanta, Quezon.

Karen maintained its northwest direction, but slightly slowed down at 13 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy) within the typhoon's 550-km diameter.

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of central and southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao due to rough sea conditions.

Karen is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) that will bring rains over the western section of Visayas and of Mindanao.

The typhoon is expected to be 600 kms east of East of Tuguegarao City on Friday morning; and 420 kms east of Basco, Batanes Saturday morning.