PAGASA: Typhoon Butchoy enters Philippines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Nepartak has gained strength and packed maximum winds of 160 kph Wednesday as it moved steadily closer to the eastern regions of the Philippines, the weather bureau said.

By 2 a.m. on Wednesday, the typhoon, locally called Butchoy, was located 1,080 kilometers east of Tugegarao City.

It was moving northwest at 30 kph with gusts of up to 195 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has yet to raise storm warning signals over the country.

The typhoon entered on Tuesday the eastern edge of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, an imaginary border around the country within which the Philippines is supposed to monitor tropical cyclones and issue regular storm warnings.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio earlier said there could be up to three tropical cyclones affecting the country in July.