Inday slightly accelerates, to exit PAR Saturday


Posted at Jul 18 2018 06:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2018 11:50 PM

MANILA - Tropical depression Inday has slightly accelerated and is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday, the state weather bureau said Wednesday. 

In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Inday was last spotted 755 km east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kph and gustiness of up to 75 kph.

It is forecast to move east at 25 kph.

Inday will enhance the southwest monsoon, locally called habagat, bringing moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, the Cordilleras, Cagayan Valley, Zambales, and Bataan.

Scattered rains are also expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Residents in these areas are warned of flash floods and landslides.

No storm signals have been raised but PAGASA stressed that sea travel is risky over the seaboard of Central Luzon and eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon.

Heavy rainfall due to the enhanced southwest monsoon has forced the cancellation of classes in several areas.