‘Nepartak’ nearing PAR, to be locally named ‘Butchoy’

‘Nepartak’ nearing PAR, to be locally named ‘Butchoy’

MANILA — Tropical storm Nepartak continues to move towards the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The center of tropical storm was eyed on Monday outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) , at about 1,995 km east of Visayas.

Nepartak will be locally named as ‘Butchoy’ once it enters PAR.

The Philipine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

According to PAGASA, it is forecast to move northwest at 7 kph.

The state weather bureau expects the tropical storm to enter PAR on Tuesday, at about 2,000 km east of Luzon.

It is the first of three tropical cyclones that PAGASA expects to enter PAR this month.

Meanwhile, until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, light to moderate rains and thunderstorms may prevail over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Caraga, Davao and Quezon.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country may continue to experience isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms until Tuesday morning, PAGASA added. PNA/northboundasia.com