Typhoon “Butchoy” (Guchol) continued to move away from Philippine territory

Luzon and Visayas started to improve Monday morning as typhoon “Butchoy” (Guchol) continued to move away from Philippine territory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

In a post on its Twitter account, PAGASA said the weather is “gradually improving” over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas as of 8 a.m.

“Gradually improving weather over Southern Luzon, including Cavite, and Western Visayas,” it said.

PAGASA forecaster Ben Oris also said the public can expect monsoon rains to be less severe in the coming days.

Oris said that while “Butchoy” continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, it is now heading for Japan.

“(Mananatili ang habagat ‘pag alis ni ‘Butchoy’) pero hihina na ‘yan. Wala na siya,” Oris said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He also said there is no sighting of any potential cyclone following “Butchoy,” which he said is expected to exit Philippine territory Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Oris also maintained no storm signals are raised in the country as it is moving away from the Philippine area of responsibility.

As of 4 a.m., PAGASA estimated “Butchoy” at 470 km east of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

It said “Butchoy” is moving north at 22 kph, even as the southwest monsoon is affecting Luzon.

“Luzon will have occasional rains becoming frequent over the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.

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

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s 5 a.m. update, however, referred to “Butchoy” as a “typhoon” and no longer as a “super-typhoon.”

On the other hand, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s 6 a.m. update indicated “Butchoy” may move north-northeast toward Japan.

PAGASA said moderate to strong winds from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas, and coming from the southeast to southwest over Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds associated with the southwest monsoon and “Butchoy” may affect the seaboards of Luzon.

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