Signal No. 1 up in eastern portion of Isabela, northern portion of Aurora due to 'Karding'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — The state weather bureau has raised Signal No. 1 in some parts of Luzon due to Tropical Storm Karding.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is now hoisted over the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue, Maconacon, San Mariano, Ilagan City) and the northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran, Dilasag, Dinalungan).

The agency warned these areas will experience strong breeze to near gale strength winds.

PAGASA said Karding could gradually intensify within the period prior to making landfall over Northern Luzon. It could hit land as a severe tropical storm, PAGASA added, although there is a possibility for the weather disturbance to reach typhoon category before reaching land.

With this possibility, Signal No. 4 may be hoisted in some areas over the eastern section of northern or central Luzon.

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

It was last spotted 895 kilometers east of northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gustiness up to 90 kph -- currently moving west southwest at 15 kph.

PAGASA said Karding may bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, and the northern portion of Aurora on Saturday evening through Sunday early morning.

The rest of Sunday through Monday early morning will see heavy to intense rains over the northern portion of Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, and Pangasinan, the state weather bureau added.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains are forecast over mainland Cagayan, Ilocos provinces, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, northern portion of Zambales and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, while light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains are expected over the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

With these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible.

PAGASA said occasional rains are also possible beginning Saturday evening or on Sunday over most of southern Luzon including Metro Manila, and the Visayas due to the southwest monsoon or habagat partly influenced by Karding.

The storm is expected to exit the Philippine landmass early Monday morning.