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‘Butchoy’ now a typhoon

‘Butchoy’ has been updgraded to a tropical storm and has been spotted 620 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

As of 4 a.m. Friday (June 15), Butchoy is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph, moving towards west northwest at 15 kph.

Pagasa said aside from Butchoy, the country is being affected by the southwest monsoon.

Because of the weather conditions, Luzon will experience occasional rains becoming frequent over the western section, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

The rest of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.  Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the whole archipelago with moderate to rough seas.