Bagyong ‘Butchoy’ now super-typhoon

As of 7 P.M., the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Butchoy” (Guchol) was too far north of the Philippines to cause any storm signals in the country while the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center , a joint U.S. Navy – U.S. Air Force task force responsible for the issuing of tropical cyclone warnings in the North West Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, branded it a super-typhoon during its 5 P.M. update.

Also, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, or JWTC, along with the Japan Meteorological Agency projected that “Butchoy” may change direction Monday and eventually move towards southern Japan

However, despite the absence of storm signals, PAGASA also said that the southwest monsoon will continue to affect Luzon, and may trigger flash floods and landslides over parts of Western Luzon.

PAGASA said “Butchoy” was estimated at about 550 kilometer east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 P.M., with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph, and was moving north at 22 kph.

“Luzon and Western Visayas will have occasional rain becoming frequent over the western section of Luzon which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, it added.

PAGASA also said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the whole archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

Also, PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon and “Butchoy” may affect the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. — DVM, GMA News

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