Super Typhoon Karding’s track (Image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA)

MANILA – “Karding” has been raised to the super typhoon category after a period of explosive intensification, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.

In its 8 a.m. tropical cyclone bulletin, the weather bureau said the center of the eye of Super Typhoon Karding was estimated 230 kilometers east of Infanta Quezon.

It is moving westward at 20 kph with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center of up to 230 kph.

PAGASA placed Polillo Islands under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 4, warning residents that a very intense typhoon will affect their locality as “winds of greater than 118 kph up to 184 kph may be expected at least 12 hours.”

Signal No. 3 is hoisted over the central and southern portions of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis, Baler, Maria Aurora, Dipaculao), the central and southern portions of Nueva Ecija (Bongabon, Rizal, Llanera, Science City of Muñoz, Guimba, Cuyapo, Talugtug, Nampicuan, San Antonio, Cabiao, San Isidro, City of Gapan, Zaragoza, Jaen, Licab, Quezon, Aliaga, Santa Rosa, San Leonardo, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Cabanatuan City, General Mamerto Natividad, Palayan City, Peñaranda, General Tinio, Laur, Gabaldon), Bulacan, the eastern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, Arayat, Santa Ana, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit), the northern portion of Metro Manila (Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Navotas, Malabon, Caloocan, Valenzuela), the northern portion of Rizal (Rodriguez, Tanay, Baras, City of Antipolo, San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Teresa, Morong, Pililla), the northeastern portion of Laguna (Santa Maria, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil, Mabitac, Paete, Kalayaan, Pakil), the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, General Nakar, Mauban), and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga).

The southern portion of Isabela (Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones), Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Laguna, the rest of Rizal, 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 have placed under Signal No. 2.

Signal No. 1 is hoisted over 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.

The weather bureau said Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands will experience heavy to intense with at times torrential rains from early Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning.

“Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall,” it added.

During the passage of “Karding”, it said winds may reach storm-force in strength within any of the areas under TCWS No. 3, while winds may reach gale-force in strength within any of the areas where TCWS No. 2is hoisted.

“The hoisting of Wind Signal No. 5 is increasingly likely,” it added.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday night announced that it has activated the highest emergency preparedness protocol in five regions for "Karding".

"The highest emergency preparedness and response protocol has been activated in NCR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA and Bicol region," it added in a message forwarded to reporters.

The NDRRMC said monitoring of the situation and coordination with various agencies and affected regions are on-going through virtual emergency operations center (EOC) activated by the agency.

"No untoward incidents(were)reported so far," it added. (with Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)