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‘Inday’ intensifies, spawns heavy rains

Tropical storm “Inday” (international name “Ampil”) further intensified, inducing moderate to heavy monsoon rains over parts of Luzon yesterday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration estimated the location of Inday at 935 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at around noon yesterday, moving east-northeast at 20 kilometers per hour.

It intensified into a tropical storm Wednesday night, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

PAGASA said Inday will still not make landfall but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that will bring intermittent moderate to heavy monsoon rains over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Zambales, and Bataan.

Scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

PAGASA said this weather scenario will persist until tomorrow, when Inday is expected to leave the country’s area of responsibility.
It advised the public, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas to take appropriate actions against possible floodings and landslides, and continue monitoring PAGASA updates. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)

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Written by Rafael Bandayrel

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