Typhoon Inday slightly weakens as it nears southern Japan islands


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said typhoon Inday (international name: Muifa) has slightly weakened as it heads for the Yaeyama Islands in southern Japan.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, Monday, Sept. 12, PAGASA said Inday continued to move north-northwest at 10 kilometers per hour (kph), while packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 190 kph.

It was last spotted 425 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.

PAGASA said Inday is unlikely to have a direct effect on the country and expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday evening, Sept. 12, or Tuesday morning, Sept. 13.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms may prevail over the entire archipelago due to the trough or extension of Inday and localized thunderstorms.

“Gusty conditions reaching strong to gale-force strength may be experienced over extreme Northern Luzon today (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 and northern seaboards of Northern Luzon.

“These conditions may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating these conditions,” PAGASA said.