MANILA – Typhoon ''Butchoy'' (international name: Nepartak) weakened Friday after making a landfall in Taiwan, but state weather bureau PAGASA said parts of the Philippines won't be spared from rains.
PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Butchoy hit Taiwan at around 5 a.m. and was expected to leave thePhilippine area of responsibility Friday afternoon.
Aurelio, however, said the typhoon will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon. He said this will result in intermittent rains in the western portion of central and southern Luzon.
PAGASA said Butchoy was 260 kilometers northwest of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 a.m.
Butchoy was packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gusts of up to 200 kph.
Only the Batanes group of islands remained under tropical cyclone signal warning number 1, as of posting.
Moderate to heavy rainfall was expected within the typhoon's 600-km diameter.
15,400 EVACUATE IN TAIWAN
In Taiwan, as many as 15,400 people were evacuated from their homes in preparation for the storm, while 187,830 households suffered power outages, emergency officials said.
"The wind is very strong," said a resident of Taitung, the eastern Taiwan city where the typhoon hit land.
"Many hut roofs and signs on the street have been blown off," the resident, who gave only her surname, Cheng, told Reuters.
One death and 66 injuries had been reported. Bullet train service had been suspended, and more than 300 international and 254 domestic flights cancelled, an emergency services website showed. – with Reuters