Bagyong "BUTCHOY" Maintains Strength, See Latest Update (June 17)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that at 4:00 am today, June 17, the eye of Typhoon "BUTCHOY" was located based on satellite and surface data at 450 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (16.5°N, 128.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph. It is moving North Northwest at 20 kph. Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas.

The PAGASA warned residents living in low lying and mountainous over Luzon and Visayas especially over the western section against possible flashfloods and landslides. Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 25 mm per hour (heavy) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao due to the big waves generated by the combined effects of Typhoon "Butchoy" and the Southwest Monsoon. The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM tomorrow. 

Source: PAGASA

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