Typhoon Butchoy makes landfall in Taiwan, brings heavy rains to Luzon

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Typhoon Butchoy causes serious flooding in Zambales and Bataan and brought deluge to Taiwan, leaving at least one dead.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Butchoy brought heavy rains to several areas in Luzon and Metro Manila even after it made landfall in Taiwan early Friday.

Nepartak, as Butchoy is called internationally, was categorized as a super typhoon with 240 kph winds when it hit Taiwan’s southeastern city of Taitung. At least one died and 66 were injured, and up to 15,000 have been forced to evacuate, the Taiwan Central Emergency Operations Center said.

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By 5 p.m. the typhoon has crossed Southern Taiwan and continues to move farther away from the Philippines, with maximum winds down to 150 kph and gusts of 185 kph. It was forecast to move northwest toward China at 12 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The typhoon enhanced the southwest monsoon and dumped heavy rains over the northwestern part of the country, causing floods in Zambales and Bataan. PAGASA also warned of possible flash floods and landslides in the two provinces as well as in Pangasinan, Mindoro and Northern Palawan.

Over a hundred people have been evacuated due to flooding in the villages of San Felipe, San Jacinto and San Antonio in Zambales, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Floods also were reported in Cavite and Batangas, which will continue to experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains along with Cavite and Mindoro until Monday.

Low lying areas in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal, also were flooded. NDRRMC said all roads in Metro Manila are still passable except for one in Maysilo, Madaluyong.

PAGASA said sea travel will be risky and advised fishermen not to venture into the southern and western seaboards of Luzon.

All tropical cyclone warning signals have been lifted.

The NDRRMC reminds residents in low lying areas to take precaution as the rains continue to pour.

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