Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan

Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan
Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan
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08 July, 2016

"Typhoon 'Butchoy" is not expected to make a landfall in the Philippines but will bring rains to Visayas and Southern Luzon.

Butchoy cometh. Weather forecaster Banison Estareja points to a satellite image of Typhoon ëButchoyí which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Tuesday.

Philippine forecasters warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial.

Butchoy, with global name Nepartak, has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 220 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

It's expected to make first landfall in Taiwan on Friday and then head to China.

Areas under Signal No. 1 may experience wave height of 1.25 to 4 meters in open sea.

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Restaurant owner Chen Mang-ning said he had to put a lock on the rolling door of his establishment to protect the windows from strong wind.

Hong Kong's two biggest airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair, said they were cancelling flights to and from Taiwan scheduled from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon as the storm bore down on the island.

On Thursday, expect light to moderate rains in Metro Manila, the rest of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas, Caraga, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao.

Storm alerts have been raised in Batanes, about 700 kilometers (434 miles) north of Manila, and outlying islands in a sparsely-populated region in the country's northern tip.

Nepartak - which will be locally named Butchoy - has started to pull the southwest monsoon as it continues to move northwestward at 30 kilometers per hour.


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