Typhoon Butchoy (international name: Nepartak) PAGASA new updatesTyphoon Butchoy (International name: Nepartak) has intensified on Wednesday, prompting the weather bureau to raise storm warning signal No. 1 over the Batanes Group of Islands.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, Butchoy was last spotted 860 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
PAGASA said Butchoy is moving northwest at 30 kilometer per hour
Butchoy is also forecast to be 305 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes on Thursday morning.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 550 km diameter of the typhoon.
The weather bureau also urged fishermen to refrain from venturing out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.
Butchoy entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday afternoon.