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PAGASA: Inday further weakened but may bring gusty winds, rough seas over northern Luzon



While Typhoon Inday has further weakened, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Monday that it may still bring gusty winds and rough seas in northern Luzon areas.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Inday was packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h while moving northward slowly.

Inday was located at 465 km north northeast of Itbayat, Batanes and approaching near Ishigaki island of southern Japan.

According to PAGASA, the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals in the country is unlikely. Inday is also not expected to bring heavy rains throughout the forecast period.

However, Inday may cause gusty conditions reaching strong to gale-force strength over extreme northern Luzon from Monday to Wednesday due to the channeling of the typhoon circulation in the Luzon Strait.

A Gale Warning is still in effect for the seaboards of Batanes and Babuyan Islands. Inday may also bring moderate to rough seas up to 3.9 meters over the eastern seaboard and the remaining northern seaboard of northern Luzon.

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

Inday is expected to either pass close or make landfall in the vicinity of Yaeyama Islands Monday morning and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Monday evening, according to PAGASA.

Outside the PAR, it will turn more north northwestward over the East China Sea while gradually accelerating, PAGASA added.

Inday may gradually weaken due to the cooler waters over sea east of Taiwan—resulting from upwelling brought on by the slow movement of the typhoon—and East China Sea, and to the increasing vertical wind shear along its projected path, PAGASA said. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA News