NDRRMC warns of storm surge from 'Butchoy'

Posted at 06/17/12 12:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos has warned residents of coastal areas not to be complacent even if typhoon “Butchoy” is heading out of the country.

Ramos told ANC that storm surges are still a possibility while rains will continue to dampen the country's eastern seaboard.

He added that several roads in Northern Luzon are still closed and motorists are advised to take the Marcos Highway to Baguio -- instead of Kennon Road -- to avoid potential rockfalls.

Meanwhile, the death toll from typhoon “Butchoy” remains at 10.

Fishermen in affected areas are still not allowed to sail while 250 families remain in evacuation centers.

As of 11 a.m. on Sunday, weather bureau PAGASA said “Butchoy” has intensified further as it accelerates, moving north northwest at 22 kilometers per hour.

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