'Butchoy' slows down, maintains strength

Posted at 06/14/12 11:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm “Butchoy” has slowed down but maintained its strength as it continues to move west northwest, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday night.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the storm is now moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (kph) from its previous speed of 20 kph.

However, Butchoy has maintained its strength and is still packing winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

PAGASA said the center of the storm was last spotted at 680 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

No public storm warning signals have been raised so far.

It is expected to be at 450 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar by Friday night and at 500 km east of Baler, Aurora by Saturday night.

Butchoy is expected to dump 15 to 25 millimeters of rain within its 300-kilometer diameter.

PAGASA earlier said Butchoy is not expected to make landfall but may bring heavy rains and strong winds.

Butchoy, the second storm to enter the country this year, is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsiblity (PAR) by Tuesday.

Authorities continue to warn residents of Sarangani, Davao, and Surigao of floods and landslides that may be triggered by the storm.

Fisherfolk in the provinces of Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Surigao, Siargao, Dinagat, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte and Bicol were also warned not to go out to sea.