'Inday' leaves PH, 'Jose' spotted

Posted at 07/31/14 1:37 PM

PAGASA MTSAT image as of 12:01 p.m., 31 July 2014.

MANILA (UPDATED) – Tropical cyclone ''Inday'' has left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday afternoon.

PAGASA said Inday was spotted 655 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes or outside PAR as of 3 p.m.

Inday, which intensified into a storm before leaving the country, did not hit land.

However, it had been enhancing the southwest monsoon (habagat) in the past few days.

The storm, which was last monitored packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph, was headed towards Japan.

Meanwhile, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio earlier said another storm, with international name Halong, was spotted approximately 2,000 kilometers east of Luzon.

Aurelio said there is a small chance that Halong will enter the PAR - at which point it will be locally named ''Jose'' - but it is not expected to hit land.