[Updated] Weakened ‘Butchoy’ moves away from PH

Another weather disturbance has been spotted and may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday

BUTCHOY AND TALIM. MTSAT Enhanced IR Satellite Image for 10:32 a.m., 18 June 2012, showing both tropical depression Talim (left, near edge of image) and typhoon Butchoy (international codename Guchol) (near the top-center part of image). Image courtesy of PAGASA.

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – A slightly weakened Typhoon Butchoy (international codename Guchol) continues to move away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau said Monday, June 18.

In the 5 pm bulletin released by the PAGASA, Butchoy was last spotted 700 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, moving at a pace of 30 km per hour (kph) towards the north northeast.

It currently has winds of up to 150 kph near the center, with gusts of up to 185 kph, PAGASA said.

It is seen to move towards the general direction of Japan in the coming days. PAGASA earlier said it will be 1,030 km northeast of Basco, Batanes, or 290 km east northeast of Okinawa, Japan by Tuesday morning, June 19.

PAGASA Track for Typhoon Butchoy (international codename Guchol) as of 8 a.m., 18 June 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

No public storm warning signals have been raised in any part of the country.

Despite moving away from the country, Butchoy is still making its presence felt by enhancing the southwest monsoon. Occasional rains in northern and central Luzon may trigger flashfloods and landslides, Pagasa warned. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, another weather disturbance has formed near the country, but is not seen to threaten Luzon.

Tropical Depression Talim was estimated at 800 kilometer west of extreme northern Luzon. PAGASA said it has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometer per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometer per hour. It is expected to slowly move northeast.

The Hong Kong Observatory last located Talim at around 380 km south southwest of Hong Kong, and is expected to move towards the direction of the Taiwan Strait (east northeast) by Tuesday. – Rappler.com