'Karen' exits PAR, leaves 1 dead

Posted at 09/16/12 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Karen" has left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and is heading towards the southern part of Japan.

"Karen" left one person dead, a 75-year-old man from Southern Leyte who went fishing despite the bad weather and drowned, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In its last severe weather bulletin, NDRRMC said "Karen" was located 110-kilometers south of Okinawa, Japan and was moving north at 19 kilometers per hour.

NDRRMC also said that "Karen" will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or "habagat," bringing occasional moderate to heavy rains over the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Central Luzon.

Residents in these areas were advised to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

NDRRMC has also advised fishing boats, especially small ones, not to venture out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and the seaboards over Southern Luzon.

In Quezon City, the NDRRMC said all evacuees have returned to their homes.

Dozens of families in San Juan and Valenzuela had also evacuated at the height of the rains.

Meanwhile, weather bureau PAGASA in its 5:00 a.m. weather forecast said Metro Manila will experience occasional cloudy to heavy rains and thunderstorms Sunday.

Central and Southern Luzon will also experience occasional moderate to heavy rains, while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will be cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. – With a report from ANC.