Tropical cyclone ”Inday” is now categorized as a storm, but it is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said although no storm warning signal has been raised due to Inday, the storm continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), resulting in intermittent rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas and Cagayan Valley.
PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Inday was located 605 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.
Inday was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.
The storm was moving north northwest at 20 kph.
PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the storm is expected to exit the PAR between 2 and 3 p.m. today and head towards Japan.
Aurelio said another storm, with international name Halong, was spotted approximately 2,000 kms east of Luzon.
Aurelio said there is a small chance that Halong will enter the PAR – at which point it will be locally named ”Jose” – but it is not expected to hit land.