'Butchoy' moving towards Japan

Posted at 06/18/12 9:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Butchoy” continues to move away from the country but will still cause rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat), state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang said rains are expected over the entire Luzon, particularly its western section due to the presence of southwest monsoon that is being enhanced by the typhoon.

As of 4 a.m., “Butchoy” was spotted 470 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It was moving northward at 22 kilometers per hour (kph). It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday night.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph.

It will be 120 kilometers south of Okinawa, Japan; or 670 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes by Monday evening.

Weather conditions in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, meanwhile, have improved.

Galang said no weather disturbance is emerging in the southern part of the country at this point.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Ipo Dam in Bulacan has opened one of its gates.

As of 6:30 a.m., a gate of the dam located in Norzagaray town was opened by 30 centimeters.

The NDRRMC said as of 6 a.m. Sunday, Ipo Dam’s water level of 101.7 meters has breached the spilling level of 100.8 meters.

The water release from the dam is expected to affect the low-lying areas along Angat River from Norzagaray to Hagonoy towns.

Residents in the area were advised for possible flooding. – with dzMM and ANC