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Inday accelerated westward over Philippines Sea heading to East China Sea — PAGASA



Tropical Storm Inday has accelerated westward over the Philippines Sea, heading to the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands and the East China Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Inday was located 1,130 kilometers east of Central Luzon, and was moving westward at 20 kilometers per hour, faster than the 15 km/h reported in the previous bulletin.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h, according to PAGASA.

No Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal has been raised over the Philippines so far. PAGASA said Inday is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country within the forecast period.

However, the tropical storm may bring moderate to rough seas of up to 3.5 meters over the seaboards of Extreme Northern Luzon starting Saturday, PAGASA said.

“These conditions may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to monitor for updates, take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions during the said period,” it said.

Inday is expected to move generally northwestward over the Philippine Sea before turning more north northwestward on Sunday towards the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands and the East China Sea.

According to PAGASA, Inday is seen to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday or Monday.

Inday may also intensify into a severe tropical storm within 24 hours and may intensify further as it tracks the favorable environment of the Philippine Sea, PAGASA said. Inday may also intensify rapidly, it added. — RSJ, GMA News