PAGASA: 'Karding' maintains strength, moves westward over PH Sea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — Tropical storm Karding maintained its strength and is forecast to continue moving westward over the Philippine Sea, according to the state weather bureau.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Karding may also reach severe tropical storm category prior to its landfall in the vicinity of the east coast of Isabela or Cagayan on Sunday.

Karding is the 11th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

The tropical storm was last spotted 1,320 kilometers east of northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness up to 80 kph.

PAGASA said Karding may bring heavy rains over northern and central parts of Luzon beginning late Saturday or Sunday morning. With these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible.

The bureau also noted that there is a high chance that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) will be hoisted over the northern part of 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," said PAGASA.