'Karen' maintains strength, heads towards Taiwan

Posted at 09/14/12 12:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Karen" has maintained its strength as it moves over the East Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Friday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Karen's wind strength remains at 185 kilometers per hour with gustiness of up to 220 kph.

Karen also maintained its north-northwest direction at 15 kph.

No storm warning signal was hoisted as the typhoon remains too far from land. PAGASA said at 10 a.m., Karen was located 740 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

However, the typhoon continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) that will bring light to moderate rains over Metro Manila and occasional moderate to heavy rains over CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

By Saturday morning, Karen is expected to be 770 kilometers east of southern Taiwan.

Estimated rainfall of 15 to 30 millimeters per hour is expected within the typhoon's 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," PAGASA said.