Brace for rainy weekend: ‘Karding’ intensifies into a tropical storm

Published September 22, 2022, 6:05 PM

by Charie Mae F. Abarca

The weather disturbance being monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has intensified into a tropical storm on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22.


Karding intensified into a tropical storm at 2 p.m. According to the state weather bureau, this weather disturbance will further intensify while moving over the Philippine Sea and may reach the severe tropical storm category prior to its expected landfall.

As of 4 p.m., the center of Karding was located 1,320 kilometers (km) east of Northern Luzon. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph), gustiness of up to 80 kph, and it is moving north-northwestward slowly.

“[Sa kasalukuyan ay] southwest monsoon [ang] nakakaapekto sa malaking bahagi ng bansa. Dahil sa kalayuan ng bagyong Karding ay wala [pa] itong direktang epekto sa anumang bahagi ng kapuluan (Currently, the southwest monsoon is affecting a large part of the country. Because of the distance of Karding, it does not have a direct impact on any part of the archipelago yet),” said PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario in a press briefing.

Rainfall hazards and raising of wind signals

Meanwhile, residents of Northern and Central Luzon were strongly advised to remain vigilant against heavy rains, flash floods, and landslides that Karding may bring beginning Saturday, Sept. 24.

“There is a high likelihood that tropical cyclone wind signals will be hoisted over Northern and some portions of Central Luzon. The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted is Signal no. 3,” said PAGASA in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

The state weather bureau then added that areas particularly situated in the eastern portions of Northern and Central Luzon may be placed under Signal no. 1 as early as Friday evening, Sept. 23 or Saturday morning, Sept. 24.

Karding is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Isabela or Cagayan on Sunday, Sept. 25.