LPA develops into 'Inday'

Posted at 07/29/14 11:10 AM

PAGASA MTSAT image as of 10:01 a.m.

MANILA (UPDATE) – State weather bureau PAGASA said a low pressure area spotted east of northern Philippines has intensified into a tropical depression.

PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the tropical depression, locally named ''Inday'', is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines.

PAGASA said Inday was spotted 870 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 a.m.

Inday was packing 55 kilometers per hour, and was moving northwest at 15 kph.

Aurelio said with its current movement, Inday will leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday and head towards Japan.

Inday was not yet affecting any part of the country. Aurelio, however, said parts of the country may still experience localized thunderstorms.

An estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 - 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) is expected within Inday's 300-km diameter.

In its 24-hour forecast for Tuesday, PAGASA said Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan will experience occasional rains.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.