Monsoon rains to persist as 'Butchoy' moves away from PH

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2020 06:33 PM

Storm clouds hover above the sea in Nasugbu, Batangas as Tropical Depression Butchoy moves northward towards Aurora and northern Quezon provinces on Friday. Domcar Lagto, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Monsoon rains will persist over parts of Luzon and Visayas as Tropical Depression Butchoy moves farther away from the Philippine landmass, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.

The second storm of 2020 made 2 landfalls in Quezon province on Thursday night and was spotted 285 kilometers west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan at 5 p.m. Friday.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and 70 kph gusts, said PAGASA. 

Butchoy dumped intermittent moderate rains on Independence Day protests in Metro Manila against the anti-terror bill. 

PAGASA weather forecaster Ana Clauren said Butchoy, which is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Friday night or Saturday morning, will have no direct effect on the country as it moves away from the landmass.

However, the southwest monsoon or habagat will continue to bring rains over the western part of Luzon and Visayas.

Rainy weather is still expected over Metro Manila on Saturday, with the weather condition to improve by Sunday.

The storm trudged through Luzon as authorities examined whether or not the lockdown of Metro Manila, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, could be downgraded further on June 16.

Metro Manila and other urban centers were placed under GCQ or general community quarantine on June 1 after 11 weeks under a strict ECQ or enhanced community quarantine. The quarantine classifications will expire on June 15.

Typhoon Ambo tested the country's coronavirus protocols in May when tens of thousands fled their homes and were required to observe social distancing in shelters.