'Inday' intensifies further

TROPICAL cyclone "Inday" (international code name Fanapi) has intensified further into a typhoon as it moves northwestward.

In its 2 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted Inday at 570 kilometers (km) northeast of Basco, Batanes.

It has maximum sustained winds of 140 km per hour and is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (kph).

The weather bureau said the Southern Luzon, Visayas and Western Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, it added.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to southwest will prevail over Northern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the southeast to southwest will prevail over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas, Pagasa said.

Inday is expected to be at 520 km northeast of Basco, Batanes on Saturday evening, at 390 km north northeast of the area on Sunday evening and at 490 km north northwest of the area or 190 km west southwest of Taipei, Taiwan on Monday evening. (Sunnex)


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