“Karding” intensifies into a tropical storm

Tropical storm “Karding” intensifies into a tropical storm, Pagasa reported on its latest severe weather bulletin, September 22.

The center of Tropical Storm Karding was estimated based on all available data at 1,320 km East of Northern Luzon.

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It is moving north northwestward slowly with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

The passage of Karding may bring heavy rains over Northern and Central Luzon beginning late Saturday or Sunday morning. Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps, and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall.

Current track and intensity forecast shows that there is a high likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals will be hoisted over Northern Luzon and some portions of Central Luzon. The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted is TCWS #3. Localities situated in the eastern portions of Northern and Central Luzon may be placed under TCWS #1 as early as Friday evening or Saturday early morning.

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“Karding” intensifies into a tropical storm

Karding may bring moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.8 m) over the seaboards of Northern and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon beginning Sunday. Such condition may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and continue monitoring for updates.

Tropical Storm Karding will begin to move slowly westward this late afternoon or evening. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is forecast to maintain its westward movement while accelerating until it makes landfall in the vicinity of the east coast of Isabela or Cagayan on Sunday. Afterwards, the center of Karding will traverse the rugged terrain of Northern Luzon before emerging over the West Philippine Sea on Monday.

Karding intensified into a tropical storm at 2:00PM today. This tropical cyclone is forecast to continue to intensify while moving over the Philippine Sea and may reach severe tropical storm category prior to its landfall.

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