‘Butchoy’ intensifies; boosts southwest monsoon

‘Butchoy’ intensifies; boosts southwest monsoon

MANILA — Typhoon “Butchoy” (international name: Nepartak) strengthens, with maximum sustained winds of 210 kph near the center, gustiness of up to 245 kph, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Wednesday afternoon.

As of 4 p.m., the center of “Butchoy” was eyed at 615 km east of Basco, Batanes, and continuously moving northwest at 30 kph.

Southwest monsoon still affects southern Luzon and Visayas.

PAGASA said Batanes group of islands may expect rains with gusty winds.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Visayas, Mindanao, CALABARZON, Bicol, MIMAROPA and the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela.

Metro Manila and the rest of the archipelago may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds will blow from southwest over Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of Luzon.

Coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough, PAGASA added. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA/ northboundasia.com