Tropical Storm Karen Update - PAGASA weather forecast (September 12, 2012)

Tropical Storm Karen over the East Philippine Sea has intensified further as it continues to move Northwestward, PAGASA reported on Wednesday, September 12.

At 4:00 p.m. today, Bagyong Karen was spotted at 640 kilometers East of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

It is forecast to move Northwest at 15 kph.

Bagyong Karen

So far, no public storm warning signal was raised. Karen is not expected to make a landfall, weather experts said.

PAGASA also said estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 550-km diameter of Karen.

The weather agency advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was spotted West of Zambales.