Typhoon Inday is slowly moving away from the Philippines

Typhoon Inday (Muifa) is 360 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, on Sunday afternoon, September 11th

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Inday (Muifa) moved away from the Philippines at just 10 kilometers per hour (km/h) on Sunday afternoon, September 11.

The typhoon was located 360 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, in a northwesterly direction, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its bulletin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

After a gradual intensification since Saturday 10 September, Inday had maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h and gusts of up to 205 km/h from Sunday afternoon.

PAGASA said gusty conditions could occur in far north Luzon on Monday, September 12, “due to channeling of typhoon circulation in the Luzon Strait.”

So far, tropical cyclone wind signals have not been triggered due to Inday.

The weather bureau added that the typhoon was “less likely” to bring heavy rains to the country.

But its extreme rainbands can trigger isolated showers and thunderstorms in Batanes province.

The southwest monsoon hanging habagat, weaker on Sunday than Saturday, may also bring scattered rain showers in western parts of central Luzon and southern Luzon.

Meanwhile, PAGASA issued a gale warning for the coasts of Batanes and Babuyan Islands at 5 p.m. Sunday. The sea is rough, with waves from 2.8 to 4 meters high.

The Weather Bureau advised fishing boats and other small vessels not to sail, and larger vessels to watch out for big waves.

Moderate to rough seas can also be seen on the east coast and the rest of the north coast of North Luzon with waves from 1.2 to 3 meters high. Conditions could be risky for small vessels.

PAGASA expects Inday to slowly move north-northwest over the next 12 hours or early Monday before turning north toward Japan’s Yaeyama Islands.

The typhoon could continue to strengthen into Monday morning, but may weaken late Monday or Tuesday, September 13 due to “slightly cooler waters east of Taiwan.”

Inday’s planned exit from the Philippine Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR) is Tuesday morning or afternoon.

Inday is the ninth tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines for 2022 and the first for September.

PAGASA also announced that it is monitoring an area of ​​low pressure (LPA) outside of PAR that could evolve into a tropical depression within three days.

As of Sunday afternoon, the LPA was located 2,045 kilometers east-northeast of far north Luzon.

The weather bureau said that if the potential tropical cyclone enters PAR, it can only stay near PAR’s northeastern boundary.

The next tropical cyclone on PAGASA’s list is Josie.

PAGASA expects 7 to 11 tropical cyclones to enter or develop in PAR from September 2022 to February 2023. Per month these are the estimates of the weather bureau:

  • September 2022 – 2nd or 3rd
  • October 2022 – 2nd to 4th
  • November 2022 – 2nd or 3rd
  • December 2022 – 1st or 2nd
  • January 2023 – 0 or 1
  • February 2023 – 0 or 1

– Rappler.com

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