Bagyong ‘Butchoy’ may enter Philippines on Thursday: PAGASA

The country’s second storm for the year may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Thursday night or early Friday, according to the state weather bureau.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday that the weather disturbance will be named “Butchoy” (international name: Guchol) once it enters the country.

Butchoy is moving at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour and was last spotted 1,730 kilometers east of southern Mindanao.

PAGASA is also monitoring a shallow low pressure area, last seen 110 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City.

PAGASA said rains and thunderstorms are expected across the country because of the weather disturbance.

At 2:00 am today, a shallow low pressure area (SLPA) was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 210 km East of Northern Mindanao (9.5°N, 128.0°E). Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon.
Northern and Western Luzon will experience monsoon rains. Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Western Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Southwest with slight to moderate seas.
(in Filipino)

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