PAGASA MTSAT image as of 11 a.m., 30 July 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA.
MANILA – Tropical depression ''Inday'' is set to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said Inday was spotted 620 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m. It was still packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center.
Inday was moving north northwest at 19 kph. At this rate, it will be 410 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning and then outside the PAR later in the evening.
The tropical depression, although not directly dumping rains into the country, will still enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat). This will result in occasional rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Cagayan Valley, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.
Meanwhile, another cyclone was spotted outside the PAR, in the vicinity of Guam.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said the storm, with international name Halong, was already packing 1-minute maximum sustained winds of 55 knots (101 kph) as of 8 a.m. today.
The JTWC forecast, however, suggests that the storm will not move towards the Philippine landmass. The JTWC track chart shows that the storm is headed for Japan.