At 4pm today, Karen was spotted at 740 kilometers East of Baler, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 15 kph, PAGASA said.
Weather experts said Bagyong Karen is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over the western section of Visayas and of Mindanao.
In its forecast, PAGASA said Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest and Manila bay will be moderate to rough.
Occasional light to moderate rains will be experienced over Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol region and Visayas. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest to South will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the Southwest to West over the rest of the country with moderate to rough seas, the weather agency added.