By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
Tropical depression “Butchoy” is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours, but it will also exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either Friday night or Saturday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Friday.
“Butchoy” is now moving northwest towards southern China at a speed of 25 kph. PAGASA said that all tropical cyclone wind signals have been lifted, although occasional gusts associated with the southwest monsoon may still be experienced over most areas of Northern and Central Luzon as well as the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
There will be moderate to heavy rains over Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, the northern portion of Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, and Occidental Mindoro on Friday. Light to moderate with heavy monsoon rains are expected in Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of Luzon.
Flooding and rain-induced landslides might occur in areas susceptible to hazards whenever there is heavy or prolonged rainfall.
PAGASA has tasked the regional public and disaster risk reduction and management offices to take appropriate measures and monitor their rainfall or thunderstorm advisories or heavy rainfall warnings.
PAGASA also warned that sea travel will be risky especially for those using small seacrafts.
“In the next 24 hours, moderate to very rough seas (1.5 to 4.5 m) will be experienced over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon especially over the seaboards of Ilocos Region, Zambales and Bataan due to ‘Butchoy’ and the southwest monsoon,” PAGASA said in its bulletin.