Military units alerted for impact of Typhoon Karen

MANILA, Philippines — All units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been put on alert as part of the mitigation efforts for Typhoon Karen.

This was disclosed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad in Saturday’s update.

He added that all military units in regions that will be affected by ‘Karen’ have been ordered to pre-position equipment for disaster rescue and recovery operations.

Jalad said NDRRMC Operations Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City has been placed on “blue alert” to constantly monitor the tropical storm’s progress and impact.

According to the severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA at 11 a.m. Saturday, ‘Karen’ has passed north of Catanduanes and is already moving towards the Aurora-Quezon area, with maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

The state weather bureau forecast ‘Karen’ to move west-northwest at 17 kph. By Sunday morning, it is expected at the vicinity of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija and by Monday morning, at 455 km. west-northwest of Iba, Zambales, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.