New storm 'Butchoy' nears PH

By Dharel Placido,

Posted at Jun 13 2012 09:02 AM | Updated as of Jun 13 2012 09:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A new storm may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Thursday or Friday, weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

PAGASA forecaster Buddy Javier said the storm was last spotted 1,480 kilometers east of northern Mindanao, and was moving west northwest.

Javier said the weather disturbance, with an international name of Guchol, is not expected to make landfall. It will be named “Butchoy” once it enters PAR.

“Base sa kinikilos niya ngayon, west northwest, unti-unti siyang umaakyat. Kapag tinignan mo ang mga models, kagaya ni [typhoon] Ambo ang track niya, papaakyat din, hindi po tatama sa kalupaan,” Javier told dzMM.

Meanwhile, the shallow low pressure area (SLPA) that had brought rains to parts of Mindanao, was last spotted 210 kilometers east of northern Mindanao.

This weather disturbance has left two people dead in Sarangani and General Santos City, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed.

The fatalities were identified as Segapo Cabigding, 63; and Rolando Mata, 40.

In Maasim, Sarangani, Rani Pregoner, 15, remains missing.

A total of 568 people were affected as floods ravaged three barangays in Glan, Sarangani. At least 273 houses were damaged.

The Small Margus Bridge and Pangyan Bridge were partially damaged by the flashfloods.