'Butchoy' accelerates, intensifies further

Posted at 06/17/12 12:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon “Butchoy” continues to move in a north northwest direction at 22 kilometers per hour.

In its latest weather bulletin released 5 p.m. Sunday, weather bureau PAGASA said the eye of typhoon “Butchoy” was last spotted 550 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

“Butchoy” is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour near the center, with gustiness of up to 220 kilometers per hour.

It is expected to dump 15 to 25 millimeters of rainfall per hour.

PAGASA, however, did not raise any public storm warning signals.

If it stays on track, “Butchoy” is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday morning.

While “Butchoy” has a small chance of making landfall, PAGASA said it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over the western section of Luzon, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

PAGASA said the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA has warned fishermen with small vessels not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to the big waves generated by the combined effects of “Butchoy” and the southwest monsoon.