‘Butchoy’ stronger but moves away from PH

Pagasa keeps storm signals lowered as Butchoy moves farther away from the Philippines

'BUTCHOY' UPDATE. Satellite picture at 10:32 pm Saturday, courtesy of Pagasa.

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Butchoy intensified Saturday evening, June 16, but continued to move away from the Philippines in a north northwest direction, the state weather bureau said in its 11 pm bulletin.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), then, did not raise storm warning signals in any part of the country.

Butchoy now packs maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph, Pagasa said. In its 11 am weather bulletin Saturday, Pagasa pegged maximum winds due to Butchoy at only 120 kph near the center, and gustiness at 150 kph.

Nevertheless, Pagasa said Butchoy will likely enhance the southwest monsoon that will then bring rains over Luzon and the Visayas, especially over the western section. This may trigger flash floods and landslides, Pagasa said.

Pagasa estimated rainfall at 15 to 25 mm per hour (heavy) within Butchoy’s 500-km diameter.

The state weather bureau then advised fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture into the Luzon seaboards, the Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao. This is due to the big waves expected from the combined effects of Butchoy, Pagasa said.

Pagasa will issue its next weather bulletin at 11 am on Sunday, June 17. — Rappler.com

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