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LIVE UPDATES: The latest news on Karding PH

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Sep 25, 2022 2:28 pm Updated Sep 25, 2022 9:41 pm

Karding PH is now under typhoon category, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

PAGASA said it had a period of “explosive intensification” of 90 kilometers per hour at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, and intensified even further at 10:00 a.m. as it moved westward. The center of the eye of Karding made landfall in the vicinity of Burdeos, Quezon at 5:30 p.m. It was downgraded to typhoon category as it made its second landfall in the vicinity of Dingalan, Aurora at 8:20 p.m.

Here's the latest news about the typhoon.

'Karding' agricultural damage at P141.38 million: DA initial assessment

Typhoon Karding has caused P141.38 million worth of damage to crops, initial assessment from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed.

In its noontime bulletin on Sept. 26, the DA said Karding destroyed at least 16,000 hectares and 5,800 metric tonnes of rice, corn, and other high value crops in Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon. Some 740 farmers were also affected by the typhoon.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Bulletin No. 3 on STY "KARDING" Issued at 12NN, 26 September 2022 "KARDING" SLIGHTLY WEAKENS...

Posted by Department of Agriculture - DRRM Operations Center on Sunday, September 25, 2022

The agency said some 133,240 bags of rice seeds, 5,729 bags of corn seeds, and 4,911 kilograms of assorted vegetable seeds are available for distribution in affected areas.

Occasional to monsoon rains possible over Luzon, Visayas as 'Karding' moves toward West PH Sea — PAGASA

Parts of Luzon and Visayas may still experience occasional to monsoon rains in the next 24 hours as Typhoon Karding moves over the West Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Karding has slightly intensified while continuing to move westward to Vietnam.

It's enhancing the southwest monsoon or habagat, so rainfall is expected over western sections of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas.

Karding is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight, PAGASA said.

'Karding' to exit PAR Monday night — PAGASA

Typhoon Karding is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility Monday night, Sept. 26, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 11:00am bulletin, PAGASA said Karding will begin to move generally westward in the next 12 hours, continuing its westard track as it moves over the West Philippine Sea toward Vietnam.

The center of the eye of Karding was last spotted 230 kilometers west of Dagupan City in Pangasinan at 10:00am.

The tropical cyclone, however, is expected to re-intensify tonight, if not the early morning of Sept. 27, as it heads toward the West Philippine Sea.

Heavy rainfall and severe winds will still take place in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

Karding maintains strength as it moves away from Luzon - PAGASA

Typhoon Karding is drifting away from Luzon but continues to retain its strength moving northwest out of the country, PAGASA reported through its 8 AM weather bulletin.

Per the state weather bureau, Karding has maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h.

Moderate to heavy rains will continue over Zambales, Bataan, and Lubang Islands. While light to heavy rains will happen over Pangasinan’s western portions.

The typhoon is expected to either slightly weaken or maintain its strength as it will depart from PAR in the early hours of Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Karding expected to leave PAR on Tuesday morning, heavy rains expected throughout the day

The state weather bureau has reported that Karding continues to weaken as it heads toward Central Luzon and moves northwest out of the country.

During their 5 AM press briefing, PAGASA reported that the typhoon is moving at 30km/hour, faster than 25km/hour reported during their Sept. 25 report.

Heavy rainfall is expected until the afternoon of Sept. 26 as the eye of the storm moves through the central waters.

Metro Manila is likely to experience occasional to monsoon rains in the next 24 hours.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has also released a memorandum suspending work in government classes and classes in public schools at all levels in NCR, Region I, II, II, IV-A, IV-B, V, and CAR on Sept. 26.

Karding is expected to leave PAR at 2 AM on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

There are no longer areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #4 as the storm continues to leave PH.

Signal #3: The western section of Pangasinan (Bolinao, Bani, Anda, City of Alaminos, Sual, Labrador, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Mabini, Infanta, Dasol, Burgos, Agno), and the northern and central portions of Zambales (Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, Santa Cruz)

Signal #2: The rest of Pangasinan, La Union, the southern portion of Benguet (Sablan, La Trinidad, Baguio City, Tuba, Itogon), Tarlac, the western portion of Nueva Ecija (Lupao, Science City of Muñoz, Talavera, Santo Domingo, Aliaga, Jaen, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Cabiao, Licab, Quezon, Talugtug, Guimba, Cuyapo, Nampicuan), Pampanga, the rest of Zambales and the northern portion Bataan (Dinalupihan, City of Balanga, Pilar, Abucay, Samal, Orani, Hermosa, Morong, Bagac)

Signal #1: Ilocos Sur, the rest of Benguet, the western portion of Ifugao (Hungduan, Kiangan, Hingyon, Banaue, Lagawe, Lamut, Asipulo, Tinoc), the western portion of Mountain Province (Sagada, Besao, Tadian, Bauko, Sabangan, Bontoc), Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, the central and southern portions of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis, Maria Aurora, Dipaculao, Baler), the rest of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, the rest of Bataan, Metro Manila, the extreme northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar), Rizal, the western portion of Laguna (Los Baños, City of Calamba, Cabuyao City, City of Santa Rosa, City of Biñan, City of San Pedro), the western portion of Batangas (Balayan, Calaca, Calatagan, San Luis, Mabini, Bauan, Alitagtag, Santa Teresita, Taal, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Talisay, Cuenca, Mataasnakahoy, City of Tanauan, Malvar, Santo Tomas, Balete, Lemery, Laurel, Tuy, Lian, Nasugbu), Cavite, and the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island.

Karding continues to weaken as it heads towards Zambales and West Philippine Sea

On Monday, Sept. 26, PAGASA reported in its 2:00 a.m. bulletin that Karding continued to weaken as it crossed Tarlac towards Zambales and the West Philippine Sea.

At 1:00 a.m., the location of the center "was estimated based on all available data including those from Subic Doppler Weather Radar in the vicinity of Mayantoc, Tarlac (15.5°N, 121.0°E)."

The typhoon's intensity had maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 230 km/h, and central pressure of 935 hPa.

Here are the updated tropical cyclone wind signals in different portions of Luzon:

  • Signal No. 4: Tarlac, the northern and central portion of Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Marcelino, San Narciso), and the southern portion of Pangasinan (Bautista, Alcala, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Infanta, Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Labrador)
  • Signal No. 3: The western portion of Nueva Ecija (Cuyapo, Nampicuan, Guimba, Licab, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Talugtug, Lupao, San Jose City, Science City of Muñoz, Talavera, Santo Domingo, Aliaga, Cabanatuan City, Santa Rosa, Jaen, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao, Peñaranda, City of Gapan, General Mamerto Natividad, Llanera, Quezon), the northwestern portion of Bulacan (San Miguel, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, Baliuag, Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, City of Malolos, Paombong, Plaridel, Guiguinto, Bustos), Pampanga, the rest of Zambales, the northern portion of Bataan (Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Morong, Abucay, City of Balanga, Bagac, Pilar), and the rest of Pangasinan
  • Signal No. 2: The central and southern portions of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis, Maria Aurora, Baler, Dipaculao), the southern portion of Quirino (Nagtipunan), Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bulacan, the rest of Bataan, the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta), Rizal, Metro Manila, the western portion of Laguna (Santa Maria, City of Calamba, Cabuyao City, City of Biñan, City of Santa Rosa, City of San Pedro), Cavite, and the northwestern portion of Batangas (City of Tanauan, Talisay, Laurel, Tuy, Nasugbu, Lian)
  • Signal No. 1: Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan), Marinduque, the rest of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Burias Island

Karding PH now in the vicinity of Nueva Ecija

Karding is now in the vicinity of Nueva Ecija, according to PAGASA's 11:00 p.m. bulletin.

As of 10:00 p.m., the center of the eye of the typhoon "was estimated based on all available data including those from Subic and Tagaytay Doppler Weather Radars in the vicinity of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija (15.4°N, 121.0°E)." It had maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 215 km/h, and central pressure of 935 hPa.

Below are the storm signals that are currently in effect in different parts of Luzon:

  • Signal No. 4: The central and southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Llanera, Cuyapo, Talugtug, Science City of Muñoz, Rizal, Bongabon, Laur, Gabaldon, Nampicuan, Guimba, Santo Domingo, Talavera, General Mamerto Natividad, Palayan City, General Tinio, City of Gapan, Peñaranda, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Quezon, Licab, Zaragoza, Jaen, San Leonardo, San Isidro, San Antonio, Cabiao), Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, the northern and central portion of Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Marcelino, San Narciso), and the southern portion of Pangasinan (Bautista, Alcala, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Infanta, Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Labrador)
  • Signal No. 3: The southern and central portion of Aurora (Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan), the rest of Nueva Ecija, Bataan, the rest of Zambales, the rest of Pangasinan, the northern portion of Rizal (Rodriguez, San Mateo, Cainta, City of Antipolo, Taytay, Angono, Teresa, Tanay, Baras, Morong), Metro Manila, and the extreme northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar)
  • Signal No. 2: The rest of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, the rest of Rizal, the northern and central portion of Quezon (Real, Infanta, Mauban, San Antonio, Tiaong, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Lucena City, City of Tayabas, Lucban, Sampaloc, Mauban, Atimonan, Pagbilao, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Buenavista, Catanauan) including Polillo Islands, and the western portion of Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Paracale, Vinzons) including Calaguas Islands
  • Signal No. 1: Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan), Marinduque, the rest of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Burias Island
Until Monday morning, Sept. 26, PAGASA said "heavy to intense with at times torrential rains" are expected over the northern portion of Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Laguna, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.
"Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains" are expected over the southern portion of Metro Manila, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, central portion of Quezon, and the northern portion of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.
The weather agency also said "light to moderate with at times heavy rains" are expected over mainland Cagayan, rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, rest of Quezon, and the rest of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.

Department of Energy places some energy-related facilities and personnel at 'highest alert'

The Department of Energy is placing some energy-related facilities and personnel at "highest alert" due to Typhoon Karding.

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wrote on Twitter on Sunday, Sept. 25 that Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and nearby areas are included in the move in light of Karding's "possibility of hoisting wind signal no. 5."

"DoE Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella will call a meeting of the resiliency group and hold press conference after," he tweeted.

Philippine National Railways suspends operations on Monday, Sept. 26

The Philippine National Railways is suspending operations on all its routes on Monday, Sept. 26 due to Karding PH.

PNR will continue monitoring the typhoon and will give an update on the resumption of passenger trips soon.

Marikina River's water level now at second alarm

Marikina River's water level has been raised to second alarm.

According to the city government's official Facebook page, it has reached 16 meters as of 10:08 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

All its eight floodway gates are still open.

Heavy rainfall warning issued over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon

A heavy (red) rainfall warning has been issued over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal (Rodriguez, San Mateo, Antipolo, and Cainta), and Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, Gapan, Penaranda, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao, Jaen, and San Antonio) due to Typhoon Karding. This means "serious flooding" could be expected in flood-prone areas.

PAGASA issued an orange warning over other parts of Rizal (Tanay, Baras, Teresa, Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, JalaJala, Pililla, and Morong), other portions of Nueva Ecija (Bongabon, Rizal, General Mamerto Natividad, Laur, Palayan, Cabanatuan, Aliaga, SantaRosa, Talavera, Santo Domingo, San Jose, Licab, Zaragoza, Guimba, Munoz, Talugtug, Lupao, Llanera, Pantabangan, Carranglan, Gabaldon, Cuyapo, Nampicuan, and Quezon), Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Lucena, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, SanAntonio, Pagbilao, and Atimonan), Pampanga, and Cavite. The weather agency said that flooding could still be threatening in places with the orange warning.

A yellow warning (flooding in flood-prone areas) has been issued in Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas.

"Light to moderate with occasional heavy rains affecting the rest of Quezon which may persist within three hours," the state weather bureau announced.
PAGASA

Karding PH downgraded to typhoon category, makes second landfall in Dingalan, Aurora

Karding has been downgraded to typhoon category as it made its second landfall in the vicinity of Dingalan, Aurora at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

PAGASA said in its latest bulletin that tonight through tomorrow, Sept. 26 early morning, "heavy to intense with at times torrential rains" are expected over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, the central portion of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, and Camarines Norte.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains are expected over Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of CALABARZON and Bicol Region.

Marikina River's water level reaches 15 meters, now at first alarm

The water level of the Marikina River has reached 15 meters, raising the first alarm.

The Marikina PIO made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday, Sept. 25, adding that all its eight floodway gates are still open as of 8:59 p.m.

In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA announced that Marikina, including other areas in the northern portion of Metro Manila, has been placed under Signal No. 4 due to Karding PH.

Karding slightly weakens before making landfall in General Nakar-Dingalan area

Karding slightly weakened "as it is about to make landfall in the vicinity of General Nakar-Dingalan area," the state weather bureau said.

At 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, the center of the eye of the super typhoon "was estimated based on all available data including those from Daet, Baler, and Tagaytay Doppler Weather Radars over the coastal waters of General Nakar, Quezon (15.1°N, 121.7°E)."

Here are the updated tropical cyclone wind signals in different parts of Luzon, according to PAGASA's 8:00 p.m. bulletin.
  • Signal No. 5: Polillo Islands, the extreme northern portion of Quezon (the northern and central portions of General Nakar, the northeastern portion of Infanta), the extreme southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan), the extreme southern portion of Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, City of Gapan, Peñaranda, San Isidro, Cabiao), the eastern portion of Pampanga (Arayat, Candaba, Santa Ana, San Luis), the eastern and central portions of Bulacan (San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, Doña Remedios Trinidad, San Ildefonso, San Miguel), and the extreme northern portion of Rizal (Rodriguez)
  • Signal No. 4: Calaguas Islands, the southern portion of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Maria Aurora), the central and southern portions of Nueva Ecija (Cuyapo, Nampicuan, Guimba, Licab, Zaragoza, San Antonio, San Leonardo, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Palayan City, Gabaldon, Laur, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera, General Mamerto Natividad, Rizal, Bongabon, Talugtug, Science City of Muñoz), Tarlac, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Bulacan, Zambales, the northern portion of Bataan (Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Morong, Orani, Samal, Abucay), the southern portion of Pangasinan (Bautista, Alcala, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Infanta, Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Labrador), the northern portion of Metro Manila (Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City), the northern and central portions of Rizal (City of Antipolo, Tanay, San Mateo, Baras), and the extreme northern portion of Laguna (Famy, Siniloan, Santa Maria, Pangil)
  • Signal No. 3: The central portion of Aurora (Dipaculao), the southeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte), the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bataan, the rest of Pangasinan, the rest of Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the northern and central portions of Laguna (Mabitac, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Majayjay, Magdalena, Santa Cruz, Pila, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Rizal, City of San Pedro, City of Biñan, City of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao City, City of Calamba, Los Baños, Bay, Calauan), the northern and central portions of Cavite (Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta, Kawit, Imus City, Bacoor City, City of Dasmariñas, Carmona, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Silang, Amadeo, City of General Trias, Trece Martires City, Naic, Indang), the rest of the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, General Nakar, Mauban), and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga)
  • Signal No. 2: The southern portion of Isabela (Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones), Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Laguna, the central portion of Quezon (Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Pitogo, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista), the rest of Camarines Norte, the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Pili, Minalabac, Ocampo, Tigaon, Cabusao, Magarao, Gainza, Canaman, Camaligan, Milaor, Naga City, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagñay), and Catanduanes
  • Signal No. 1: The southern portion of Cagayan (Tuao, Solana, Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Peñablanca), the rest of Isabela, the southern portion of Apayao (Conner), Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, the southern portion of Ilocos Norte (Nueva Era, Badoc, Pinili, Banna, City of Batac, Currimao, Paoay, Marcos), Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan), Marinduque, the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, and Ticao Island

Super Typhoon Karding makes landfall

According to PAGASA, the center of the eye of Super Typhoon Karding made landfall in the vicinity of Burdeos, Quezon at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

In its 5:00 p.m. briefing, the weather agency said its eyewall was affecting the Pollilo Islands, where the highest storm signal has been raised. 

Other parts of Luzon, including the northern portion of Metro Manila, have been placed under Signal No. 4.

President Bongbong Marcos approves suspension of classes, gov't work on Monday, Sept. 26

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has approved the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to suspend government work and classes in Metro Manila on Monday, Sept. 26.

The President announced the news in a Facebook post on Sunday, Sept. 25. "I have received and approved the recommendation of NDRRMC to suspend classes and work as specified in their letter," he wrote, adding that the "Palace will issue a memorandum circular stating the same before the end of the day."

Included in the announcement are Regions 1, 2, CAR, 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and 5.

MRT-3 adjusts Sept. 25 operating hours

The Metro Rail Transit-3 is implementing an adjusted train service on Sunday, Sept. 25.

"The last train from the North Avenue station is scheduled to depart at 6:00 pm; while the last train trip from the Taft Avenue station is at 6:38 pm," the DOTr-MERT-3 wrote in a Facebook post, referring to the safety of all their passengers as "top priority."

Karding's 'eyewall' now affecting Pollilo Islands

The super typhoon's "eyewall" is now affecting the Pollilo Islands, which has been placed under the highest storm signal.

According to PAGASA's 5:00 p.m. weather bulletin, the center of the eye of Karding "was estimated based on all available data including those from Daet and Baler Doppler Weather Radars over the coastal waters of Burdeos, Polillo Islands, Quezon (15.0°N, 122.1°E)."

The super typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 240 km/h, and central pressure of 920 hPa.

The weather agency said it's forecast to have the same strength before its landfall.

Signal No. 5 raised in certain areas of Luzon due to Karding PH

PAGASA has raised the highest storm signal in Polillo Islands as well as the extreme northern portion of Quezon (the northern and central portions of General Nakar, the northeastern portion of Infanta), the extreme southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan), the eastern portion of Bulacan (Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray), and the extreme southeastern portion of Nueva Ecija (the southeastern portion of General Tinio).

Here are the storm signals that have been placed in other areas of Luzon as of 2:00 p.m., Sept. 25.

  • Signal No. 4: Calaguas Islands, the southern portion of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Maria Aurora), the northern portion of Quezon (the rest of General Nakar, the rest of Infanta, Real), the northern portion of Metro Manila (Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City), the central and southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Gabaldon, the rest of General Tinio, City of Gapan, Peñaranda), the rest of Bulacan, Pampanga, the northern and central portions of Rizal (Rodriguez, City of Antipolo, Tanay, San Mateo, Baras), the southeastern portion of Tarlac (La Paz, Concepcion), and the extreme northern portion of Laguna (Famy, Siniloan, Santa Maria, Pangil)
  • Signal No. 3: The central portion of Aurora (Dipaculao), the southeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte), the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, the rest of Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the northern and central portions of Laguna (Mabitac, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Majayjay, Magdalena, Santa Cruz, Pila, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Rizal, City of San Pedro, City of Biñan, City of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao City, City of Calamba, Los Baños, Bay, Calauan), the northern and central portions of Cavite (Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta, Kawit, Imus City, Bacoor City, City of Dasmariñas, Carmona, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Silang, Amadeo, City of General Trias, Trece Martires City, Naic, Indang), the rest of the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, General Nakar, Mauban), and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga)
  • Signal No. 2: The southern portion of Isabela (Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones), Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Laguna, the central portions of Quezon (Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Pitogo, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista), the rest of Camarines Norte, the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Pili, Minalabac, Ocampo, Tigaon, Cabusao, Magarao, Gainza, Canaman, Camaligan, Milaor, Naga City, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagñay), and Catanduanes
  • Signal No. 1: The southern portion of Cagayan (Tuao, Solana, Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Peñablanca), the rest of Isabela, the southern portion of Apayao (Conner), Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, the southern portion of Ilocos Norte (Nueva Era, Badoc, Pinili, Banna, City of Batac, Currimao, Paoay, Marcos), Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan), Marinduque, the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, and Ticao Island

Super Typhoon Noru (Karding) barrels towards Philippines

A super typhoon barrelled towards the Philippines Sunday, Sept. 25, and was on track to slam into the heavily populated main island of Luzon, forcing the evacuations of coastal towns, authorities said.

Super Typhoon Noru (Karding) was packing maximum sustained wind speeds of 195 kilometers (121 miles) an hour after an unprecedented "explosive intensification," the state weather forecaster said. 

The storm, the strongest to hit the Philippines this year, is expected to continue strengthening as it makes landfall around 80 kilometers northeast of the sprawling capital Manila in the afternoon or evening local time.

"We ask residents living in danger zones to adhere to calls for evacuation whenever necessary," Philippine National Police chief General Rodolfo Azurin said.

Classes suspended on Monday, Sept. 26 in certain areas of Luzon due to super typhoon

Classes have been suspended in some areas of Luzon on Monday, Sept. 26 in anticipation of Super Typhoon Karding.

You may refer to The Philippine STAR's #WalangPasok thread on Twitter for a list of class suspensions, which is being updated after every official announcement by LGUs and other authorities.

Karding maintains strength as it heads towards PH

Karding maintained its strength as it continued to move westward at 20 km/h.

In its 2:00 p.m. briefing, PAGASA said the super typhoon still packed maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.

"Super Typhoon Karding is forecast to track generally westward in the next 6 to 12 hours, then west northwestward for the remainder of the day," the agency said.

PAGASA: Karding intensifies as it approaches the Philippines westward

Super Typhoon Karding, the 11th typhoon of the year and the third one for September, continues to intensify as it approaches the Central and Southern Luzon areas, according to the state weather bureau.

In its 11 AM tropical cyclone bulletin, the agency said that the typhoon’s winds have reached a strength of 195 km/h and its gustiness reached 245 km/h. It continues to move westward at a speed of 20 km/h. 

PAGASA said the country should expect heavy rainfall in the afternoon to tomorrow early morning in several parts of the country.