'Bagyong Inday', new LPA PAGASA weather update July 21, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – 'Bagyong Inday' is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but a new Low Pressure Area (LPA) has entered West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 am update on Saturday, July 21.

'Bagyong Inday', new LPA PAGASA weather update July 21, 2018
Satellite image of 'Bagyong Inday' and LPA | Courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

At 4:00 am today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm 'Inday' was estimated based on all available data at 915 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR) or 25.4°N, 129.0°E.

'Inday' has maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is moving Northwest at 25 kph.

At 3:00 am today, the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 285 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (18.0°N, 117.9°E). This may intensify into a tropical cyclone in the next 24-48 hours and will be given the local name 'Josie', the country's 4th tropical cyclone this month.

The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Severe Tropical Storm 'Inday' and LPA will bring intermittent moderate to heavy monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan and scattered light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON and the rest of Central Luzon until tomorrow (July 22).

Residents of the mentioned areas, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslide, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon.

— The Summit Express

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