Typhoon 'Karen' on a direct path to hit Luzon this weekend.

 A new typhoon now called 'Karen' is on a direct path to hit Luzon this weekend.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the Tropical Depression, which developed from an LPA, has been moving west northwest towards the island of Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 50 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of 70 kph by Thursday

It is forecast to intensify as it nears the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions on Friday, October 14.

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja,  the entire Luzon and Visayas will have rains, especially Bicol, Quezon and Aurora by Saturday (October 15)

The full impact will be felt Sunday as the cyclone is expected to become a full-blown typhoon while it barrels towards northern and central Luzon.

Based on its speed and track, the potential typhoon is forecast to make landfall over northern Quezon and Aurora on Sunday afternoon October 16.

PAGASA is expected to raise typhoon warning signals on Friday.

Estareja said the typhoon would continue to bring stormy weather on Monday, October 17, particularly over the Ilocos provinces, Zambales, Bataan as well as Metro Manila.

The cyclone is forecast to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday night.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer