PH prepares for 'Butchoy'

Posted at 06/15/12 3:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Friday said government agencies have adequate preparations ahead of the entry of typhoon Butchoy.
Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said storm warnings have already been thoroughly disseminated to the concerned government agencies.

"From what we understand, the regional and the field offices of Department of Social Welfare and Development, the local DRRMCs as well as the teams of Department of Health, 'yung for clearing road…'yung DPWH naka-pre-positioned na po sila," she said.

Valte said authorities are monitoring several areas in Bukidnon and Calabarzon.

"First, it's because of the low pressure area which affected Sarangani, GenSan and other provinces in ARMM and 'yung papasok po na tropical storm. But all the agencies have been alerted and have been on standby already," she said.
Tropical Storm Butchoy intensified to 110 kph before noon Friday, even as state weather forecasters warned of flash floods and landslides over Western Luzon due to the southwest monsoon.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, state weather bureau PAGASA said Butchoy was estimated at 510 km east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 10 a.m.

The storm is now packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gusts of up to 140 kph. With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News