Signal No. 1 up in Batanes | Bagyong Butchoy
PAGASA placed the Batanes group of islands under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1 on Wednesday morning as Typhoon Butchoy (international name: Nepartak) continues on its way to Taiwan.
As of 10 a.m. on July 6, Butchoy was seen 860 km East of Calayan, Cagayan. It bore maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 230 kph, and was moving northwest at 30 kph.
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Butchoy may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before the weekend.
“Kung makikita, ang consistent northwest direction at inaasahan nating towards Taiwan, Friday ng hapon or gabi ay nasa labas na ito ng PAR,” he said.
No landfall, but moderate rain expected across PHL
Butchoy is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines, but will enhance the Habagat southwest monsoon, bringing up to moderate rains particularly to the Western parts of the country.
“Sa nakikita po natin na output ng models natin towards the weekend, mayroon tayong mga ulan dahil sa Habagat pero hindi ganoon kalakas. Hindi po siya magpapabaha at sa ngayon, hindi kasing-lakas ng Habagat noong 2012 and 2013,” Cayanan said.
In 2012, Metro Manila was inundated from an unrelenting southwest monsoon that prevailed for over eight days.