Typhoon Inday (international name: Muifa) maintained its strength as it continued to move north-northwest away from the Philippine landmass on Sunday evening, Sept. 11, the State weather bureau said.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Inday has maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph.
The typhoon’s location was estimated at 390 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes at around 10 p.m.
PAGASA said Inday may still have no direct effect on the country and the hoisting of tropical cyclone wind signals remains less likely “at this time.”
“, gusty conditions reaching strong to gale-force strength may be experienced over extreme Northern Luzon tomorrow (Sept. 12) through Wednesday (Sept. 14) due to the channeling of the typhoon circulation in the Luzon Strait,” PAGASA said.
“In the next 24 hours, Inday may also bring moderate to rough seas over the eastern seaboard and the remaining northern seaboard of Northern Luzon (1.2 to 3.0 meters),” it added.
As these conditions may be risky for small sea crafts, PAGASA advised mariners to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid sailing in these conditions.
Based on the latest track forecast, Inday may exit the country’s area of responsibility by Tuesday, Sept. 13.