Typhoon 'Butchoy' intensifies

Posted at 06/16/2012 10:35 AM | Updated as of 06/17/2012 11:47 AM
MTSAT ENHANCED IR Satellite Image for 5:00pm., 16 June 2012.
Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Typhoon “Butchoy” has intensified further as it continues to move over water in a north northwest direction, the state weather bureau said.

According to the 5 p.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday, Butchoy has moved farther away from Samar, prompting the weather bureau to lift the storm warning signal in the province.

PAGASA said the typhoon has gained speed and strength and is now moving at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) while packing winds of 160 kph and gustiness of 195 kph.

It was spotted 490 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4 p.m.

PAGASA said if Butchoy maintains its speed and direction, it should be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by as early as Monday afternoon.

However, the weather bureau said heavy rains should be expected in Luzon and Visayas in the coming days due to Butchoy’s effect on the Southwest Monsoon.

Mindanao, on the other hand, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are still advised not to set sail into the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao due to the big waves generated by the storm.