Philippines Bracing for Typhoon

Tropical typhoon Sarika, named “Karen” in the Philippines is about to make landfall on the main island of Luzon in the vicinity of Aurora Province. According to Philippines Atmospheric, Geological, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon is expected to make landfall between midnight and 2:00am Sunday, October 16.

Tropical typhoon Sarika is packing sustained winds of 130 kph, with maximum wind gusts up to 180kph.

The tropical storm has intensified into a category 3 typhoon according to the Japan Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

At the time of writing, residents of the capital Manila are starting to feel the effects of the typhoon.

People have been evacuated from the districts of Digumased, Dinapigue, and Isabela. Guests of resorts near Sabang beach have also been evacuated.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 3 is in effect for:

Pangasinan
northern Zambales
Tarlac
Nueva Ecija
Aurora
Northern Quezon including Polilio Island
La Union
Benguet
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino

Signal Number 2 was raised over:

Ilocos Sur
southern Isabela
Mt. Province
Ifugao
rest of Zambales
Pampanga
Bulacan
Bataan
Rizal
Metro Manila
rest of Quezon
Camarines Norte

Areas under Signal Number 1 include:

Ilocos Norte
Abra
Kalinga
rest of Isabela
southern Apayao
southern Cagayan
Oriental Mindoro
Cavite
Batangas
Laguna
Marinduque
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Albay
Burias Island

PAGASA warned of possible storm surges, landslides and flash floods in areas under Signal Numbers 3 and 2.

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