Monsoon rains hammer Luzon as Butchoy makes landfall in Taiwan


Posted at Jul 08 2016 06:51 AM

MANILA – State weather bureau PAGASA said Friday that Typhoon Butchoy has slightly weakened as it makes landfall in southeast Taiwan.

In its 5:00 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite and Mindoro.

Butchoy was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts of 230 kph.

As of 4:00 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was located 220 kilometers north-northwest of Itbayat, Batanes.

It was moving west-northwest at 15 kph.

The Batanes group of islands remained under tropical cyclone warning signal number 2 while warning signal number 1 was declared in the Babuyan group of islands.

Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the southern and western seaboards of southern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions.