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Weather bureau issues warning for Typhoon Kaemi

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning yesterday afternoon for Typhoon Kaemi, which has started threatening ships operating along the east coast of Taiwan and around the Bashi Channel.

As of 11:30pm, the bureau reported that the fifth typhoon of this year was located approximately 480km southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鸞鼻) in Pingtung County. It was moving northwest at 17kph, with a radius of 200km.

Storm's path

Kaemi will start affecting weather on the east coast first if its path remains unchanged, the bureau said.

The bureau has cautioned the public to expect big waves off the east coast.

Last night, meteorologists at the bureau said that a land warning for the typhoon would be issued at 11:30pm.

Because of the solid structure of the typhoon, areas in its path will experience a strong storm, the bureau's spokesman Lu Kuo-cheng (呂國臣) said.

Landfall tomorrow

"We forecast that the typhoon will make landfall on the island by Tuesday," Lu said.

Lu said that heavy rain was expected on the east coast today.

However, the weather remained sunny and hot yesterday, with highs topping 35oC in the north and 34oC in the south.

Typhoon parking

Meanwhile, Taipei City Government has stopped allowing parking during typhoons in areas where yellow and red traffic lines are drawn -- except near floodgates along the Tamsui River.

Motorists are not allowed to park in areas with yellow and red traffic lines, but the city usually relaxes this rule during typhoons.

However, the city decided to cancel the measure more than a week ago after Typhoon Bilis, as it had disrupted traffic after the storm had left.

Some motorists have complained that the city had yet to define which areas near the floodgates were open for typhoon parking.

Police cannot issue tickets to violators either, as they have yet to receive official notice from the city government on designated parking areas outside the floodgates.

Vegetable prices

In related news, average retail prices for vegetables rose 30 percent yesterday, ahead of the typhoon's landfall.

Wholesale vegetable prices have increased to NT$37.69 per kilogram.

The wholesale price of cabbage has jumped to between NT$10 to NT$28 per kilogram because of a shortage.

The wholesale price for green onions, meanwhile, rose to NT$200 per kilogram in line with increasing demand.

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