Philippine typhoon season is now in its active phase as typhoon Sarika is now threatening the whole island of Luzon. The typhoon is expected to hit the eastern landmass of Luzon in either Aurora or Quezon province border On Sunday morning on October 16, 2016. Residents and guests who are in the Eastern Luzon coastlines and nearby areas are now preparing for the onslaught of the incoming Typhoon that is expected to hit the Luzon landmass in less than 24 hours.

As of 11:00 in the morning of October 15, 2016, Typhoon Karen with an international name of Sarika has accelerated its strength as it is still moving in a body of water towards the Luzon island. The storm gained a maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour with maximum sustained winds of at least 190 kilometers per hour near the center. The tropical storm is forecasted to move west-north-west with a speed of at least 12 kilometers per hour towards the eastern coastline of Luzon island, which indicates that the storm has accelerated its speed.
Typhoon Sarika or locally known as Karen is now on its course towards Luzon island
Typhoon has a diameter of 600-kilometer radius from end to end, and its size is expected to increase as the storm is still moving above the water before heading towards the landmass. The storm can cover the entire island of Luzon as it moves towards the island. The outer rain and cloud cluster bands of the typhoon also reach the Visayas archipelago located in the Central Philippines.

People who are in the affected areas are advised for the storm surge that is brought about by the typhoon as it is now headed to the landmass of Luzon. People who are located in low-lying areas as well as near the coastlines are advised to reach higher elevations to prevent being at risk from the hazards of the storm surge. Residents living in the coastal areas are also recommended to seek for a safer shelter such as evacuation sites to keep them from the risk of harm brought about by the effects of the typhoon in the area.

Residents are also advised to move away from steep slopes that are now accumulated a heavy moisture as it causes either mudslide or landslide on the slopes. It is also advised to prevent going through the riverbanks as most flash flooding waters are raging in streams up through the rivers. Low lying areas are also at risk for intense flooding as the typhoon is carrying enough moisture to blanket the Luzon island with rains.

Satellite imagery from NOAA
As based on the latest tropical cyclone bulletin for Typhoon Karen by the Philippine Astronomical Geophysical and Astronomic Services Administration (PAGASA), Karen passed Catanduanes and now moving towards Aurora-Quezon area. The storm is now 107 kilometers from Virac, Catanduanes island.

As of October 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Tropical Storm Signal number 3 (winds 121 - 170 kilometers per hour)

  • Northern Zambales
  • Benguet
  • Northern Quezon including Polilio islands
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Tarlac
  • Pangasinan
  • La Union
  • Camarines Norte
  • Quirino
Tropical Storm Signal number 2 (winds 61 - 120 kilometers per hour)

  • Rest of Quezon province
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Rizal
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Rest of Zambales
  • NorthernIsabela
  • Pampanga
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Bataan
  • Mountain Province
Tropical Storm Signal number 1 (winds 30 - 60 kilometers per hour)
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  •  Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • Romblon
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Southern Cagayan
  • Southern Apayao
  • Rest of Isabela
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra

The public is advised to stay indoors to prevent any health and safety risks brought about by the typhoon. It is important for the residents and any individual in the affected areas to keep an update with the weather bulletin forecasts. Avoid areas that are frequented by waters such as streams, rivers, and low-lying areas.

Stay away from trees and poles as they are vulnerable to be uprooted by strong winds brought about by the typhoon. Stay away from flooded areas to prevent any unfortunate incidents such as venomous snake bites because these animals come out when their homes are flooded by heavy rains.

It is important to protect your documents by placing them inside a plastic envelope or plastic container to prevent them from being wet when your home is affected by the flood. Make sure that you have enough external batteries when your power runs out. Charge all electronic devices as well as external electronic storage to prevent communication isolation.

Always pray for God Almighty for any protection needed for your safety.

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