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(Update 12:06 p.m.) Typhoon "Butchoy" has slightly weakened as it moved further away from the Philippines, state weather forecasters said in its latest bulletin.
PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administraton) last tracked "Butchoy" at 580 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph.
"Butchoy" is moving north northeast at 24 kph.
"Butchoy" is still expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring rains over Luzon especially over the western section and over Western Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
In its 5 a.m. weather update, the weather bureau said the eye of "Butchoy" was last seen 470 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.
Although no storm warning signals were raised, Metro Manila still experienced heavy rains on Sunday night and early Monday morning as "Butchoy" enhances the Southwest Monsoon.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reported the following flooded areas as of 6:30 a.m.:
- C4-Lascano, as of 6:24 a.m. not passable to all vehicles
- Araneta-Maria Clara as of 6:29 a.m. not passable to all vehicles
- McArthur Highway-Fatima as of 6:25 a.m. knee deep
- Gov. Pascual-Catmon, Malabon gutter deep
PAGASA said Luzon will experience occasional rains and flashflood and landslide warnings are raised over the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon as "Butchoy" moves out.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country will have cloudy to partly cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.
PAGASA reported of moderate to strong rains in San Antonio and San Marcelino, Zambales; Dinalupihan area; Ternate, Cavite; Antipolo City, Rizal, and Infanta, Quezon; light rains are being experienced in some parts of Luzon.
The state weather bureau reiterated that local governments now have jurisdiction on the suspension of classes.
Fishing boats and other small vessels are advised not to venture outinto the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to big waves. InterAksyon.com