Typhoon Butchoy (International name: Nepartak) further intensified, prompting the weather bureau to raise storm warning signal No. 1 over the Batanes Group of Islands.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, “Butchoy” was located 615 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 210 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 245 kph.
The weather bureau said Butchoy is moving northwest at 30 kilometer per hour
It is forecast to be 250 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes today.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 550 km diameter of the typhoon.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced the end of the El Niño phenomenon and warned that La Niña may develop this year.
“Posibleng magstart siya, more than 50 percent possibility na magdevelop ang La Niña in the July-August-September season. Between July-August-September season and August-September-October season, this is when La Niña starts to develop typically. Hindi pa po full-blown La Niña,” Weather Specialist Analiza Solis said in a news conference.
A La Niña event is characterized by cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the Tropical Pacific. This, in turn, causes more raincloud-carrying winds to come into the Philippines from the east.
Solis said the country may feel the effects of La Niña during the last four months of the year.